Hibernia Arts:
An Irish Riot

THISISPOPBABY: RIOT, starring Panti Bliss. (Photo courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
February / March 2018

In February, New York City’s Irish Arts Center will stage a three-night run of one of the most unique Irish theater spectacles of the year. The production, called RIOT, won Best Production at the 2016 Dublin Fringe Festival and sold out shows in Sydney, Australia, in January.

Starring legendary Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, the cabaret also features a host of aerial artists, Irish dancing, drag queens, and strippers. The show falls somewhere between a circus and performance art, unsurprising given that the theatre company behind it, THISISPOPBABY, is self-described as a consortium of “theatre makers, club creatives, and good time gurls” and rarely shies away from political overtones, queer ideas, and counter culture.

The show runs February 15 to 17 at the New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. ♦

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