The jaw-dropping theatrical phenomenon comes to America


$40-65 ($15 for NYU students)

Feb 15, 2018 – Feb 17, 2018



NYU Skirball Center Box Office


NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012


The New York Times review by Ben Brantley: “Boogie on down [to this] popular retro-disco-circus protest"


Co-presented by Irish Arts Center and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Created & directed by Jennifer Jennings and Phillip McMahon
Composed by Alma Kelliher
With original text by Emmet Kirwan and Panti
Additional text by Michael Harding
Designed by Niall Sweeney
Costume design by James David Seaver
Lighting design by Mark Galione
Movement direction by Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding

 —The Irish Times

The jaw-dropping theatrical phenomenon makes its U.S. debut! RIOT, which broke box office records and won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival, will set hearts soaring and pulses racing during a very limited run this February at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. 

A disorderly cocktail of wild theatre, gut-punching spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and eye-popping circus, RIOT is your big night out, infusing the magic of theatre with the excitement of variety and the energy of the dance floor. It is both party and politic, a love letter of hope to the future, a state-of-the-nation clarion call, and both celebration and blunt criticism of the world today.

The all-star cast features Queen of Ireland Panti (The Ringmaster); Dublin Oldschool and Heartbreak’s Emmet Kirwan (Street Corner Poet); Up & Over It (The Ninjas); Lords of Strut (The Clowns); Ronan Brady (The Strongman); and Alma Kelliher, Nicola Kavanagh, Adam Matthews, and Once The Musical’s Megan Riordan (The Sirens); with frocks by James David Seaver and set design by Niall Sweeney.


February 15: Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh
February 16: drag sensation Lady Bunny
February 17: poet and activist Caridad de la Luz / La Bruja

"★★★★★ While the performers are all excellent, the strength of this show is how it makes its audience feel. I walked out believing change is possible, believing that I can make a difference in the world." — 

"★★★★★ Gorgeous, with glitter on top" The Daily Mail

"★★★★★ The poster clearly states – RIOT is thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting and unique…this doesn’t even come close" The Sunday World

"Thrilling, hilarious, joyous and well, riotous!" —Hot Press

Originally co-produced by Dublin Fringe Festival and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.





RIOT is also supported by the Nancy Malone Living Trust.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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