From 28th March 2019


You didn’t fancy it then?
Fancy what?
Getting in the taxi?

The last two people at a house-warming party. Two hearts on the shelf. Are they brave enough to fall?

Beginning is a tender and funny play about the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance on someone new. Described as an ‘(anti) romance for [the] 21st century’ (Evening Standard), David Eldridge’s Beginning is an insightful and touching look at the challenges of connecting and sharing in the era of social media and online dating.

As part of the Gate’s Spring Season of international new work, centred on the theme of Love and Courage, Beginning is presented SIDE by SIDE with The Children by Lucy Kirkwood.


There will be Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Beginning on Thursday 11 April 2019. Contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie for more information.



Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh

  • Director
    Marc Atkinson
  • Set & Costume Designer
    Sarah Bacon
  • Lighting Designer
    Sinéad McKenna
  • Sound Designer
    Kevin Gleeson
  • Movement Director
    David Bolger
  • Assistant Set Designer
    Stefania Pantavos
  • Assistant Director (intern)
    Annachiara Vispi

Dates & Tickets

We ask that patrons with mobility issues please book directly through our Box Office on 01 874 4045.

Previews: from Thursday 28th March 2019
Opening Night: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Matinees: Saturday – 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday – 7.30pm

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes without an interval

Age Guidance: 14+

Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday 11th April 2019

Tickets: from €15


★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Here they are, then, two magnificent performances of people stuck in the middle of life, too preoccupied with how it will end to even dare beginning”
The Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“It’s a deadly serious, moving, and wonderfully funny play, driven by an exquisite script, two fine performances, and meticulous direction”
Irish Mail on Sunday

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“resplendent, illuminating, and glorious good fun.”

“See It”
Sunday Independent

★ ★ ★ ★
“In the end, it’s just a beginning, and of what, we don’t know. But we’re invested in these two, we root for them”
Irish Examiner

“Beginning makes the heart beat faster”
Irish Independent

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