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A Love Story.
An Investigation.
An Exodus.

From 26 September 2019

An ANU and Gate Theatre Co-Production

In 1982 a series of unrelated events ruptured Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community with catastrophic consequences. 1,500 people were investigated and details of their intimate lives were divulged to families, friends and employers. Under pressure from Church and State, a faultline formed – resulting in a mass exodus from Ireland in search of anonymity and refuge.

Audiences will be propelled through a living history, based on source materials contained in the Irish Queer Archive, encountering those at the heart of this upheaval as they grapple with the threat of public perception of their very private lives.

Multi-award-winning Irish theatre company ANU, co-directed by Louise Lowe and Owen Boss have been Artists in Residence at the Gate Theatre since 2018.

Developed as part of Live Collision International Festival 2018 and presented by Dublin Theatre Festival 2019, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.


Cast & Creatives

Cast: Nandi Bhebhe, Domhnall Herdman, Matthew Malone, Stephen Quinn, Matthew Williamson


Owen Boss, Louise Lowe, Lynnette Moran, Matt Smyth

  • Director
    Louise Lowe
  • Co-Creation & Development
    Lynnette Moran
  • Set Designer
    Owen Boss & Maree Kearns
  • Costume Designer
    Jack Scullion
  • Lighting Designer
    Ciaran O'Meilia
  • Composer
    Carl Kennedy
  • Sound Designer
    Sinéad Diskin
  • Associate Director
    Samantha Cade
  • Producers
    Lynnette Moran and Matt Smyth

Dates & Tickets

Faultline is a site-specific performance with very limited capacity. Advanced booking is highly recommended.

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

Previews: from Thursday 26th September 2019
Opening Night: Sunday 29th September 2019
Performances: Tuesday – Sunday
Midweek: 8.00pm & 9.30pm
Weekend: 5.30pm, 8.00pm and 9.30pm

Running Time: 75 minutes, no interval (est.)

Please note that this is a site-specific production that will be performed off-site from the Gate Theatre’s location at 11 Parnell Square East. Please arrive 15 minutes before the performance. As there will be no room cloak room at this venue, come with as little to carry as possible.

Faultline is an immersive and unseated production wherein each performance requires you to move through the narrative and settings. For more information, please contact a member of our box office team.

Due to the historic nature of 11 Parnell Square East, Faultline regrettably has limited accessibility. The Gate Theatre and ANU Productions apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact a member of our box office team with all access requirements.

Age Guidance: Faultline is recommended for audiences aged 16+ as performance may contain nudity, strong language, loud music and flashing lights. Read about the Gate Theatre’s Age Policy here.

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About ANU

ANU are a multidisciplinary company, cross-pollinating theatre, visual art and dance. Building a reputation for creating transformative experiences in unusual locations, we continue to challenge theatrical conventions by blurring the lines between immersive and site-specific practice. We place the audience at the very centre of the experience to create autonomous and meaningful exchanges with them. Our aesthetic represents the independent and the experimental, creating a new kind of multi-disciplinary model – a daring new hybrid art at the forefront of Ireland’s cultural landscape.

Theatre Maker Louise Lowe and Visual Artist Owen Boss have worked together for over a decade and since 2009 have existed as ANU. They were joined by Producer Matt Smyth in 2013 and the following year by Creative Producer Lynnette Moran.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

Faultline is part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019. Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. Learn More.