Smashing Times Theatre Company is a professional theatre company committed to innovation, the creative process, artistic excellence, and equal participation for all. The company was established in 1991 by a group of women actors who met at the Focus Theatre, Dublin and who were interested in challenging the elitist position that drama and theatre sometimes holds in Irish society.

The company creates original performances to explore a range of social and political themes relevant to people's lives and to encourage cross-border and cross-community communication. The company provides professional expertise and training in drama and theatre to individuals and organisations.

As part of the Memory Project, the company is currently completing a documentary of its work including performance, workshops, archiving material for academic and community purposes and in-depth interviews relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland through the experiences and stories of people in the border areas. The Memory Project is funded by the EU’s PEACE III Programme and managed by the Special Programmes Body.

Smashing Times Theatre Company is supported by Dublin City Council. On-going partnership with Corrymeela Community, Belfast to run a number of projects which explore using the methodology of Drama and Theatre issues related to the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland and the southern Border counties. These projects include drama workshops, cross border and cross community seminars and professional performances which promote discussion on issues related to the conflict in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties. Smashing Times, in partnership with the Mid Ulster Women’s Network, Co Tyrone and the NUI, University College Dublin (accrediting body), have developed a cross-border training programme called Acting for Peace - Creative Training in Drama and Theatre including the Certificate in Community Drama and the Diploma in Drama Facilitation Skills, the first ever course in Ireland to provide accredited training at university level for professional drama facilitation.

Smashing Times runs Acting for the Future, a model of best practice for using drama workshops and professional theatre performances to promote positive mental health and to raise awareness of issues surrounding suicide and suicide prevention.


Artistic Director Mary Moynihan
Company Manager Freda Manweiler