Antigone stood defiant in the face of tyranny,
her sister gives voice to her story.
Words that give power to those without,
a message that resonates deeply in today’s world.

From 31 October 2019

An Audible and Gate Theatre Co-Production

Pale Sister, written by Colm Tóibín for Irish actress Lisa Dwan, is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister’s defiance of the king as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example.

Cast: Lisa Dwan

  • Director
    Carey Perloff
  • Set & Costume Designer
    Jamie Vartan
  • Lighting Designer
    James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Designer
    Sinéad Diskin
  • Associate Director
    Davey Kelleher

Dates & Tickets

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

Previews: from Thurs 31st October 2019
Opening Night: Tues 5th November 2019
Matinees: Saturday 9th November 2019 – 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday – 7.30pm

Tickets: from €15

Running Time: 60 minutes (est.) with no interval

Age Guidance: Pale Sister is recommended for audiences aged 14+. Read about the Gate Theatre’s Age Policy here.

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More Information

With special thanks to the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, an international philanthropy that pairs master artists with young talents for a period of creative collaboration. Colm Tóibín is the 2018-2019 Rolex mentor in literature. He is working with writer Colin Barrett.

About Audible

Audible is a rich listening destination that offers insight and inspiration to millions of listeners and is the world’s leading spoken-word media service. Audible Theatre unleashes the artistic creativity of playwrights to deliver language-driven storytelling and captivating performances on stage and in audio. In the UK, Audible co-produced Avalanche starring Maxine Peake, Martin Zimmerman’s Fringe First winning On the Exhale and will produce Radio by Al Smith. In New York, Audible’s productions include Harry Clarke starring Billy Crudup, Girls & Boys by Dennis Kelly starring Carey Mulligan. In audio, Audible has produced Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen starring Sophie Melville, True West starring Kit Harrington and Johnny Flynn, Ambreen Razia’s The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, and more. In 2017, Audible launched a $5M Emerging Playwrights Fund that identifies, nurtures and invests in emerging playwrights, making their works available to millions of listeners around the world.

Group Bookings

Group discounts are available for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday performances. If you would like to arrange for a large group (10 or more) to attend an upcoming performance at the Gate, contact us directly on 01 874 4045 or email boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.