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Astronaut - #VAULTFestival2019 

30/01/2019 - 03/02/2019

The Vaults,
Leake Street,


Running Time : 1 hour


Show Details

In 2016 Dublin, Ireland a group of grass root activists occupied “The Apollo House” housing up to forty people during the Christmas period. What ensued brought a city to its feet. This Spoken-word multimedia theatre piece is inspired by that takeover.

We meet the astronaut on O’Connell St. He doesn’t have a home. He is looking for the last pieces of cardboard to fix his rocket ship and make his way to the stars.

Join him on his quest, as he confronts truths about modern day Ireland, as well as reliving some truths of his own.


Joe Wright, is a Dublin/London based Irish Artist. Graduated in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in drama, Joe relocated to London for performance opportunities where he landed a small role on Channel 4’s Four to the Floor skit show , following that Wright landed the role as Captain Hook on a Uk tour of Peter Pan.
Although Joe considers himself more an actor he has created theatre pieces/shows in the past. In 2014 Wright debuted his first show “Please Leave A Message” at the Sean O'Casey Theatre Dublin and “Mung” as part of the “Raw festival” at the New Theatre.
In early 2016 Wright co created the Intemedial piece “Project Queen” at the “Axis Ballymun” and the Sight responsive piece entitled “WAKE”.
Joe’s approach to creating theatre is fresh and very much modern ,Exploring different mediums and different styles of writing no two pieces are the same.
In 2017 Wright started creating “Astronaut”,a Multimedia theatre piece which is delivered mainly in spoken word.
Astronaut debuted at the Camden Fringe festival 2017 to four star reviews and in 2018 it Debuted at the Dublin Fringe Festival where it was nominated for a Judges choice award for “Finger on the pulse of social change” .
In 2018 Wright debuted a sample of new work called “DAFT” at the Scene and Heard festival.
Wright is also a theatre facilitator and has traveled the world delivering drama workshops,In countries such as Italy, Germany and China.


What the press say

View From the Gods. - ???? “Thought-provoking and insightful, Astronaut is beautifully crafted piece of storytelling.”

Reviews Hub -???½ "Astronaut is a moving piece of theatre that serves as an urgent, timely reminder not to let ourselves become “a generation who rejoice in regression.”


18:20 with a Sat matinee at 15:20




Suitable for ages 15+

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Venue Details

The Vaults,
Leake Street,

Eight unbelievable venues, three stylish bars and a top-notch restaurant, all hidden beneath Waterloo. From 6pm until the early hours, there’s nowhere else you need to be. Welcome to VAULT 2016

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Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 29 / 8 / 15

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Halfway down Leake Street (the Graffiti Tunnel). Please do not go to the Launcelot Street entrance. The venue can be hard to find – please leave more time than you usually would.


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