In 2020 we celebrated our quarter century – THANK YOU to all the artists, technicians, audiences, participants, production teams, funders and supporters that made it happen.  We’d also like to say a special thank you to all our Anniversary Donors for their generosity in a year of challenge and change. 



These are challenging times for everyone and for this reason our upcoming activities are free for everyone to enjoy.  If you can contribute – we would love to be able to count you amongst our donors!  THANK YOU!




What do you think about CoisCéim Dance Theatre – we’d love to know in 25 words or less!

Send your thoughts to Sarah at and we’ll share a selection on this page – it could be your favourite show, oddest moment, funniest memory or what you think we try to strive to achieve and how. 

You Said – 

Monica Munoz Marin (performer)

I danced, swung in a swing, laughed, shouted, sang, signed sign language, drove a bumper car, did cartwheels on a bed… and ALWAYS felt part of something very special.

Miriam Kehoe (Administrator)
One of my best memories is the excitement when we found Sackville place and it became CoisCéim’s very own studio. A wonderful hive of activity.
Olwen Dawe (Board Member) of my most memorable moments was These Rooms at LIFT in London. Not least witnessing the audience reactions… spine-tingling – I’ll never forget it.
Nick Heizen (Angel & Collaborator)
CoisCéim has embodied fresh and imaginative dance theatre, while both pushing the edges of the expected and anchoring in the everyday.
Daniel Riordan (Actor)
The most vivid memory of a CoisCéim show is “Swept” with David Bolger and Diane O’Keefe up and over the walls and ceilings of the Peacock Bar.
Amelia Stein (Photographer)
An image with a cello ?
Or books on the ground ?
Bodies moving ?
David is Inspirational.
Garry Hynes (Director & Board Member)
Happy Birthday CoisCéim and David Bolger. Your work has immeasurably enriched us all (via Twitter)
Damien Gildea (Performer)
Working with CoisCéim brought me to an entirely new level of physical expression. Each show is a gift to experience, a storytelling masterclass.
Clare McCormack (Board Member)
My 1st CoisCéim experience was the hauntingly beautiful co-pro, These Rooms, in London. You guys sucker punched me out of a rainy night in Shoreditch and onto the streets of Dublin

Úna McCarthy, OMAC, Belfast, 1995 (who gave us our first gig, thank you!)

Elaine Gaston, my colleague, and I met David. I suppose by then we had developed a reputation for programming dance and physical theatre in our tiny venue with a big heart. CoisCéim came and stole our heart away.

Diane O’Keefe’s favourite moment (Performer)

Creating Ballads in Shawbrook, I watched in awe how David Bolger transformed Human stories of heartache and loss into a moving, breathing, visceral piece of theatre.

Laurie Uprichard’s favourite show (Programmer)

David and Madge — Swimming with My Mother! A brilliant evocation of the filial relationship wrapped in the perfect metaphor of water. ‍

Nanette Kincaid (Performer)

Moving to Dublin, CoisCéim became my family & we had wonderful, crazy adventures as Mermaids. From hysterical belly laughs to grumping at cast members that stole my Ginger Nut biscuits in Beijing!!!

Jon Pearson (Company Manager)

Working with CoisCéim is such a joy that the prospect of spending half the summer in an underground crypt in London sounded appealing!

Emma O’Kane (Performer and collaborator, via Twitter)
Happy birthday CoisCéim!! I joined you in 2001, we have danced many dances together and long may it continue.
Lucy Carter (Lighting Designer)
Always a pleasure and inspiring to work with David on his new creations, and a treat to spend time in Dublin. I miss those moments… I think Faun might have been my favourite.
Lisa McLoughlin (Performer, via Twitter)
Had such amazing times performing with CoisCéim and all the legendary people involved. From Aus to the US and my favourite ever performance up in An Grianán when all my Donegal family came to see me play Clara in the Nutcracker #rockstarmoment! 

Jim Culleton (Director)

Working with CoisCéim is an absolute pleasure. It is an adventurous, exciting, and hugely rewarding experience. And, to top it all, they are lovely people!

Cathal Cusack (our first accountant)
Congratulations. I’ve no special stories to recall – what else would you expect from an accountant!
Aideen Gohery (Founding Member)
What an honour to have witnessed the conception and birth of CoisCéim and so proud to have been a member of the clan. (from Facebook)
Conleth Teevan (Publicist)
CoisCéim is the essence of Irish theatre and dance. The work the company produces excites, entertains and gives so much to the audience – here’s to another 25 years of CoisCéim!
Lina Andonovska (Guest Artist, International Dance Day, April 2020)
Best 1.5 hours since the beginning of March for me. The power of collective community art making is extraordinary!
Justine Cooper (Performer)
AGNES will stay with me as a touch stone of joy always… we should all have the opportunity of flying through the air on a swing like a starlet!




Anita Dalton | Ann Fisher | Anne Scriver | Bernadette O’Sullivan | Breda Kavanagh | Brenda Doyle | Carmel Goldrick | Carol Caulfield | Christine McMahon | Crea Ryder | Deirdre Handy | Eileen Murphy | Elizabeth Kavanagh | Elsa Hogan O’Regan | Émer O Laoghaire | Emily Kilkenny Roddy | Janet Byrne | Jen Keane | Kate Connaughton | Katherin Swatton | Kathleen Boyle | Lara Hill | Liam O’Brien | Louis Herbert | Marie Donnelly | Marie Rose | Mary & David Finnegan | Mary Boland | Mary Collins | Mary Gormley | Mary O’Connell | Mary-Ann O’Donovan | Maura Keogh | MJ O’Brien | Nora Hamill | Oisin Dunne & Family | Pat McKenna | Reettalena Rauhala | Rhona O’Connor | Rose Lyndon | Siobhán Griffin | Una Doyle | Mairéad McLoughlin | Brid Brophy and all those who wish to remain anonymous.




Photo from the CoisCéim Archive | TOUCH ME by David Bolger | Photo by Ros Kavanagh