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Danú Dubai is an award-winning community theatre group in Dubai and has been featured on National UAE, Irish and Arabic Media (Timeout Dubai, The National, RTE Ireland, 7Days, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Al Hurra Television).

Our debut production was the hugely successful Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa which premiered in January, 2014 at DUCTAC Theatre, to sold out audiences and rave theatre reviews.

Our June, 2014 follow-up production was Big Maggie by John B. Keane which again played to sold out audiences.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh (Four Time Tony Award Winning play) performed in November, 2014 was awarded a Timeout Award for "Highly Commended Theatrical Production" in a field which included visiting Broadway and West End productions.

Danú is the only Dubai theatre group to have performed in every major Dubai Theatre: The Madinat Theatre, DUCTAC Centrepoint, DUCTAC Kilachand, The Courtyard Theatre and The Junction.

Danú has also toured the UAE with several productions.

Danú was selected to be an official part of The Irish Government's 1916 Programme of Commemoration.

They have had the honour of performing for HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (UAE Minister for Culture).

Padraig Downey is Artistic Director and Producer and has funded all productions himself.

Danú is supported by The Irish Embassy to the UAE and Dubai Irish Society.

They have had the honour of staging some of the biggest selling and most successful productions for a Dubai based theatre company.

Their most successful play to date has been a Palestinian play: I Am Yusuf by Amir Nizar Zuabi.

  • Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel (2013/2014)
  • Big Maggie by John B. Keane (2014)
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh (2014)
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2015)
  • I Am Yusuf and This is My Brother by Amir Nizar Zuabi (2016 and rerun due to popular demand in 2016).
  • The Weir by Conor McPherson (2015)
  • The Shadow of A Gunman by Sean O'Casey (2016)
  • Rise Up: A special Danú show in conjunction with Declan O'Sullivan with special guest appearance by Frankie Gavin of De Danann
  • Last Letters: The Last Words of the Leaders of 1916 (2016)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (2016)
  • Burke and Hare: an original Danú production (2016)
  • A Doll's House - Gulf/Arab Version (2017)

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