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Established in 1994, Calipo Theatre Company now operates successfully on two different levels: as a theatre company and as an outreach facilitator.

As a Theatre Company, Calipo produces dynamic mixed-media theatre that is relevant to a younger audience between the ages of 17-35. To do this, the company takes a fresh approach to theatre, harnessing the energy of club culture and the stylistic approach of the movies. The Company puts great emphasis on storytelling, devising stories with actors and commissioning the country’s finest writers. As a company producing only original and devised work, the nurturing and development of new talent is an integral part of Calipo’s policy.

As an Outreach Facilitator, Calipo produces an outreach programme in mixed media and drama for school goers and early school leavers that promotes access and participation in the arts.


Calipo aims to tour new work to suitable venues in Ireland and abroad.


Artistic Director Darren Thornton
Company Manager Collette Farrell


  • Pineapple by Phillip McMahon (Droichead Arts Centre 2011)

  • Ten Dates With Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram (Project Arts Centre 2010)

  • All Over Town by Phillip McMahon (Project Arts Centre 2007)

  • Wunderkind by Darren Thornton (Project Arts Centre 2006)

  • Moonlight Mickeys by Colin Thornton ( County Gaol, St. Dominic's Place, Dundalk 2005)

  • Getting 2 Level 10 by Irma Grothuis (Droichead Arts Centre 2001)

  • Makin' Hits by Darren Thornton, Martin Maguire (1) (Droichead Arts Centre 2000)

  • Xaviers by Darren Thornton, Yvonne Morgan, Barbara Carr, Martin Maguire (1) (Droichead Arts Centre 1999)

  • Love is the Drug... by Darren Thornton, Yvonne Morgan, Martin Maguire (1) (Droichead Arts Centre 1998)