Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012, and have gained a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting companies over that time.
Their first project Souvenir was created in 2012 and has since toured to London, New York, Brisbane and Seoul. LIPPY was developed at the National Theatre Studio, and premiered in 2013. It was winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production, a Fringe First, a Herald Angel, a Total Theatre Award and two OBIE Awards, and has since toured around the world including to the Young Vic in London, Schaubühne, Berlin Edinburgh, New York, Gothenburg, Wuzhen China and Brisbane, Australia. Chekhov’s First Play premiered in Dublin in 2015, and has toured to the Schaubühne, Theatre Vidy, Brisbane Festival, Helsinki Festival, Alexandrinksy in St Petersburg, BAC in London, Hong Kong Festival and many more. Hamnet premiered at Schaubühne in F.I.N.D. Festival in April 2017 and has toured to BAM (New York), Brisbane Festival, and Southbank Centre (London) amongst others. In 2019 they premiered Beckett’s Room, at Dublin Theatre Festival.
They have also made work with the ensembles at some of Europe’s major theatres: Shakespeare’s Last Play at Schaubühne, Berlin (2018), and The Interpretation of Dreams at BurgTheater, Vienna (2020).
In 2020, they created To Be a Machine (Version 1.0), which was streamed live to audiences at home in Dublin. It has since toured (virtually) to Théâtre de Liège. The German language version, Die Maschine in Mir, was created for BurgTheater, Vienna featuring Michael Maertens, and premiered on New Year’s Eve 2020.
Bush Moukarzel und Ben Kidd of Dead Centre Bria will speak on 5 May 2021 at 2 pm CET.