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The Samuel Beckett Centre Theatre, University of Dublin Campus, Dublin

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The Samuel Beckett Centre Theatre, Dublin, in a photograph taken in May 2009 - Courtesy Des Kerins

Above - The Samuel Beckett Centre Theatre, Dublin, in a photograph taken in May 2009 - Courtesy Des Kerins

The University of Dublin campus is an oasis of peace in Dublin City centre and many of the visitors who pass through there each day are unaware of a little gem in their midst. Established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st and popularly known as Trinity College it is a wonderful place to spend some time in summertime and is regarded by Dubliners with some affection. Among the past students were Congreve, Beckett, Goldsmith and Synge.

The little gem referred to is the Samuel Beckett Centre which was opened in 1992 to celebrate the quarter centenary of the College and was named in honour of Samuel Beckett. The SB Centre is home to the Drama Department of Trinity College which offers academic degrees in Drama Studies and post-graduate courses in theatre performance and Irish film music and theatre.

The Centre has rehearsal space, dressing rooms and a small theatre with 208 seats and is the campus theatre of the Department of Drama where the work of the Department is shown to full effect. Outside term-time the Centre hosts visits from dance and theatre companies from Ireland, Europe, Japan and America. It has proven to be a popular venue during the annual Dublin Theatre Festival.

Among those who have appeared or spoken at the Samuel Beckett Theatre are Simon Callow, Michael Bogdanov, Gabriel Byrne, Fiona Shaw and Harold Pinter.

The above text was written, and kindly sent in for inclusion on this site, by Des Kerins in May 2009.

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