The Limerick Athenaeum at 30 Cecil Street, also known as the Theatre Royal, is a building with a history that stretches back over 150 years. Within that time it has served as an art college, a political forum, a cinema, a bingo hall and a live space hosting gigs, club nights, theatre, opera and hypnotists among other things. Closed to the public for the last 14 years, the insides have been left to crumble and rot. 

30 Cecil Street is dance-theatre piece made of fragments of memories, of wild nights and long disappeared communities. An eloquent and heartbreaking elegy to a lost and ruined theatre it evokes the life of a once-mighty building and asks what is left when a theatre closes its door to the public?

Created and performed by Dan Canham

“Dan Canham raises ghosts in spine tingling dance-theatre piece ‘30 Cecil Street’…
exquisitely crafted, thoughtful theatre.
— The Guardian
“…a piece of great delicacy and understated beauty…a graceful and wonderfully atmospheric piece.”
— Exeunt

previous performances

30 Cecil Street has played the following places: Bristol Old Vic / Belltable - Limerick / Battersea Arts Centre / The Junction - Cambridge / The Cube - Bristol / Pulse at the New Wolsey - Ipswich / Solstice at Cork Midsummer Festival / Forest Fringe - Edinburgh / Festival de Pontlevoy - France / Nightingale - Brighton / Parabola Arts Centre / Showtime at Riverside Studios - London / Norwich Playhouse / Exeter Pheonix / Snibston Century Theatre / Northampton Picturedrome / Dance4 - Nottingham / Dance City - Newcastle / Leeds Met and Studio Gallery at Northern Ballet / Forest Fringe at the Gate / caravan showcase / NoTaFe - Viljandi, Estonia / Kneehigh Asylum / Dublin Fringe Festival / PuSh festival, Vancouver / Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells - London / ICIA - Bath / Pavilion Dance - Bournemouth / Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland / Brisbane Festival, Australia / Tanz in Winterthur, Switzerland / Zurich Tantzt, Switzerland/ Forest Fringe at Madrid Fringe / Aerowaves Spring Forward at Mercat des Flors, Barcelona / BMotion festival Bassano Del Grappa - Italy.


30 Cecil Street is available for international touring. For further information, contact Dan Canham.

funders & partners

30 Cecil Street was made with the support of Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Escalator Arts and BAC.