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Theatre is a notoriously tough industry to crack, but it seems you don't have to be the next Benedict Cumberbatch to make your mark on the stage. The creators of a new show debuting at this year's Dublin Theatre Festival are looking for help… from the men of Ireland.

THEATREclub need men from all walks of life to take part in their show, The Game, a new work they hope will redress misogyny by exploring sex work and prostitution in Ireland in a brand new way. 

The show runs from October 6 – 11 in the Cube at the Temple Bar's Project Arts Centre, an intimate venue with a capacity of 70 – 80 people. Each volunteer would only be required to give up a few hours of their time, with five new participants taking to the stage each evening to play "The Game."

The best part? There are no lines to learn, no script, and whatever happens happens. Each volunteer is "doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review," THEATREclub explains. The men involved won't have to discuss their own experiences, instead they'll be playing out the stories of other men. 

The subculture of prostitution in Ireland might seem like a heavy topic to base a play on, but many of THEATREclub's past works have dealt with similarly tough issues, like 2010's critically acclaimed Heroin, which examined the social history of the drug in this country, and 2013's History, telling the story of the residents of St Michael's Estate in Inchicore.

If you know someone who would be interested in getting involved or simply want to find out more, contact info@theatreclub.ie ASAP.

Tickets for The Game at the Dublin Theatre Festival are available to purchase here.


Every week The Line-Up takes a look across Ireland and picks the best events you won’t want to miss out on.

This week your Snapshot host Niamh Geaney talks midnight rendezvous's, making music on the streets, laughing along to Tupperware parties at the Belle Bottoms and world premieres at the Dublin Theatre Festival. All that and much more!

We’ll be back tomorrow with our movie show, enjoy!