The Gate Theatre presents the WORLD PREMIERE of

by Emma Donoghue


Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s own bestselling novel, THE PULL OF THE STARS is set in a Dublin hospital in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

It follows three transformative days in the life of Julia Power, a young midwife, assigned to a quarantined women’s ward. An eclectic group of pregnant women, those most affected by the deadly flu, spin the dial of destiny as life and death collide and an unlikely love flourishes.

This beautiful new play asks us to consider the importance of sisterhood, destiny, connection, the power of chance, and the care we offer to women and their bodies. The all-female cast will be led by Louise Lowe who returns to the Gate Theatre after her acclaimed, award-winning production of The Steward of Christendom.


From €16 (Incl. €1 Building Upkeep Levy)


Age recommendation: 15+
Duration: Approx. 100 minutes with NO INTERVAL
Please note this production includes use of smoke / haze.
THE PULL OF THE STARS is set in a maternity ward and explores the connection between birth and death. Contains descriptions and depictions of medical procedures, and references to child abuse.

Contains depictions of and references to stillbirth and symphysiotomy, which audience members may find distressing.


Mary Tierney Ciara Byrne
Bridie Sweeney Ghaliah Conroy
Dr Kathleen Lynn Maeve Fitzgerald
Honor Noonan Úna Kavanagh
Sister Luke Ruth McCabe
Julia Power Sarah Morris
Della Garrett India Mullen


Director  Louise Lowe
Assistant Director Éadaoin Fox
Set Designer Alyson Cummins
Costume Designer  Joan O’Clery
Lighting Designer Sinéad Wallace
Sound Designer and Composition   Rob Moloney
Movement Director  Sue Mythen
Vocal Coach David Hayes
Accent and Dialect Coach 
Cathal Quinn 
Design Placement (IADT) Lena Birgisdóttir


Stage Manager Leanna Cuttle
Assistant Stage Manager / Performer Niamh Williamson
Production Manager Jim McConnell
Production Stage Technician Ben Moore
LX Programmer Eoin Lennon
Production LX Rory Donnelly, Sarah Timmons, Conor Burnell
Lighting Operator Matt McGowan
Set Construction TPS
Production Carpenter Ian Thompson
Production Stage Technician Vincent Doherty, Aidan Crowe, Jay Lambert, Tom Hogben
Sound Technician Paddy Creegan
Sound Engineer
Elise Molle
Cellist Caitríona Finnegan
Costume Dresser Dara Gill
Costume Maintenance Sarah Higgins
Hair and Makeup Artist Sarah McCann


Booking Information

THE PULL OF THE STARS runs at the Gate Theatre from 5th April to 12th May

Previews From 5th April
Opening Night Wednesday 10th April
Closing Night Sunday 12th May
Duration Approx. 100 minutes with NO INTERVAL
Times Evening Shows: Café and Bar: 6:30pm | Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 7:30pm

Matinee Shows: Café and Bar: 1:00pm | Doors: 1:30pm | Show: 2:00pm

ISL-Interpreted Performance Saturday 4th May | 2pm
Accessibility In advance of booking, we kindly ask that patrons with accessibility requirements to contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie
Offers Group Offer (6+):
10% discount for group bookings of 6+. T&Cs apply. You can redeem this offer by contacting the Gate Theatre Box Office only. This offer is not available online. Subject to availability. Not redeemable in conjunction with any other offer. Rate applicable for groups of 6 or more.
Building Upkeep Levy As a registered charity, your support of the Gate Theatre is vitally important.

All tickets purchased for Gate Theatre productions now include a €1 Building Upkeep Levy to help us maintain, enhance and invest in our historic landmark building. It helps us provide a world-class theatrical experience for our audiences, artists and local communities, while also safeguarding it for future generations.

We are deeply grateful for your ongoing and invaluable support of the Gate and its work.