Tribes by Nina Raine


28th September – 11th November, 2017

The Irish Premiere of this award-winning play relocates the action from leafy suburban Hampstead to South County Dublin where Billy, born deaf into a hearing family, struggles to define who he is within his highly intellectual, yet emotionally possessive, clan.

Oonagh Murphy, one of Ireland’s brightest directing talents makes her directorial debut at the Gate with this play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.

Presented as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

There will be a captioned performance on Saturday the 11th of November at 2.30pm. During the performance, the actors’ words appear as text on a screen positioned near the stage. Seats with ideal visibility are reserved for audience members availing of this service, so please inform Box Office when booking for the captioned performance.

Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language)

Previews: from Thurs 28th Sept.

Opening Night: Thurs 5th Oct.

Wednesday Matinee: Oct 11th – 2.30pm

Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm

Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Tickets: €25 – €38


Cast & Creatives

Cast includes:
Fiona Bell, Gavin Drea, Clare Dunne, Nick Dunning, Grainne Keenan and Alex Nowak

  • Director:
    Oonagh Murphy
  • Set & Costume Designer:
    Conor Murphy
  • Lighting Designer:
    Mimi Jordan Sherin
  • Sound Designer:
    Ivan Birthistle
  • Projection Design:
    Conan McIvor


A beautiful play about how, in families, the weakest often proves to be the strongest
The Sunday Times

Tribes is that rarest of beasts, a play driven by sophisticated ideas that also hits home on a gut emotional level
Sunday Business Post

A commanding and absorbing production
The Irish Times 

A play of craft, intelligence and wit

Irish Mail on Sunday

Nina Raine’s 2010 play shines like a beacon of first-rate writing for the stage. This is a brilliant and funny play getting a fine-tuned outing, perfect for an audience seeking a theatrical mirror for the here and now. Not to be missed
Irish Independent

Hilarious and heartbreaking…. Tribes is unmissable