What’s this?

GATEWAYS is the Gate Theatre’s community engagement programme.

The programme is the result of a consultation process involving the Gate, community groups, schools, both local and across the country, and local community leaders. Since the beginning of the 2023, the Gate has invited groups into the theatre for tours and workshops and asked how it can partner and enhance their lives.

With its new priority of civic accessibility, the Gate is poised to become a vital part of the local social fabric and enhance its impact through and beyond its productions whilst also creating new audiences for the future. The main target groups of the Gate’s community engagement programme are schools and educational institutions, under-represented/ marginalised groups and, importantly, the local residents and community organisations of Dublin’s North Inner City (DNIC).

Through the creation of its new GATEWAYS community engagement programme, the Gate will provide Dublin 1 and beyond with multi-faceted opportunities for personal, social and artistic development. A significant part of the community engagement work in 2023 has been about connection and consultation. We have fostered key partnerships with local schools and organisations, offering members of the community workshops and access to the theatre to encourage interest and gather feedback that will inform the structure of the programme and any future offers.

Local Community Theatre

In 2024 we will establish a space in the Gate Theatre where transformative work can be created for, with and by the local community.

Through our GATEWAYS adult and youth theatre groups we will offer:

• A year-round drama workshop programme

• The staging of theatre productions in the Gate building

• Design and technical workshops

• Access to Gate company artists and productions

These theatre groups will be made up of participants from our various community programmes and other DNIC residents. The other community activities can serve as a feeder for these newly established groups. Once formed, these groups will create an ecosystem within the theatre that will feed into artistic programming whilst providing an outlet for emerging artists to develop their practice; they will also provide an environment for new artists and theatre professionals to emerge from the groups themselves. There will also be an opportunity for older youth theatre members to train as leaders, providing an outlet for personal and professional development whilst contributing to their community.


Community Projects

We will aim to provide a programme that connects our local community with our theatre.

We will do this by creating key partnerships with a broad range of local community groups and delivering bespoke

 projects that meet their needs. We will target:
• Local youth groups
• Intercultural groups
• Local adult community groups (e.g. active retirement, women’s groups, men’s groups, parent/carer support groups, adult education).

In 2023 these programmes included blocks of theatre workshops, tours of the building, free use of the community space, and complimentary tickets to the shows on our stages with the opportunity to meet some of the artists involved.



200 free tickets will be ringfenced for local residents for previews of every mainstage production, kindly supported by Workday.


Local Schools

We are currently in consultation with four loca schools, two primary and two secondary, to provide bespoke programmes that respond to the cultural and artistic needs of each individual school.

In 2023, our partnership with Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire included term-based blocks of theatre workshops, tours of the Gate stage and building, free use of the community space for school drama workshops and rehearsals, free tickets to the shows on our stages with the opportunity to meet and collaborate with some of the artists involved.

In late 2023 we will facilitate the staging of the Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire Drámaí na Nollag on the Gate main stage and invite the families of the pupils into the theatre as our audience.


Beyond Our Neighbourhood

Through pinpointing the themes of productions, we will cultivate specific audience engagement for some of our shows throughout the year.

In 2023, this involved working with Belong To, the national LGBTQ+ youth organisation, to deliver workshops around the themes of Fun Home and for them to attend the show with a special post-show conversation with some of the cast.