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The Visiting Hour

22nd, 23rd, and 24th of April 2021

“You used to swing me on our garden gate.  In and out, out and in, me, on top of the gate, safe because I was in your arms, my father’s big strong arms.”

Recalling events that may or may not have happened, people he may or may not have known, an elderly father weaves his life, funny, angry, poignant, as if in a dream.  His daughter, perched outside his window, as close as the pandemic allows, responds with conflicting memories.  They sing and argue, they broach dangerous ground, their profound love apparent despite themselves, until the visiting hour is up.

This moving new play about an Irish father (Stephen Rea) and daughter (Judith Roddy) at
visiting hour in a nursing home during the pandemic, will be performed and recorded in the
Gate auditorium, and streamed to audiences on April 22nd, 23rd and 24th at 7.30pm.

Gate At Home is a new artistic initiative of bespoke productions streamed from the Gate
Creative Studio re-creating a unique and distinctive performance experience viewable from

The Visiting Hour Company
Cast: Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Design by Katie Davenport
Lighting Design by Paul Keogan
Sound and Composition by Tom Lane

TICKETS on sale here.

€20 early bird available until April 2

€15 concession | €25 standard ticket | €40 household ticket | €50 support the Gate ticket
Running time:60 minutes.

A captioned version of the production will be streamed April 23rd.

A Digital Tour, presented in partnership with venues around Ireland in the NASC Theatre
Network including: An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Backstage Theatre, Longford,
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, glór, Ennis, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, Pavilion Theatre, Dún
Laoghaire, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
The Gate is also happy to welcome Lyric Theatre, Belfast as a Digital Tour location.