Flip Flop Childrens Theatre Festival

The week before Halloween means the Flip Flop Children’s Theatre Festival, which each year features the delights of childrens theatre from as far away as Ukraine and Denmark, as well as participating in workshops and other events with a particular focus on writing for and by children.  Flip Flop will unleash the potential that great children’s theatre can and will enrich the lives of the under 13s and reawaken the imaginings of the over 30s.

At Flip Flop Children’s Theatre Festival there will be workshops in libraries throughout the county, and a writing programme for children by children. Performances are shared between Pavilion and their sister theatre The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. There will also be lots of street theatre!

Flip Flop hope that this October you will help us make this festival the best Flip Flop ever.


Pavilion Theatre Flip Flop


  • Waiting For Billy
Dundrum Library, Deansgrange Library and Pavilion
Children Show 13 October at 15:30, 16 October at 14:30, 23 October at 10.00, 11.00
  • Stone Soup

Deep in the worst winter of their history, starving villagers are surprised by the arrival of a mysterious but very hungry stranger. How can they feed her when they struggle to feed themselves?

At Pavilion
Children Show 17 October at 13.30, 16.00, 18 October at 9.30, 11.30


  • The Man Who Planted Trees

A captivating adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental cult classic. A French shepherd sets out with his dog to planta forest, acorn by acorn, to transform a barren wasteland.

At Pavilion
Children Show – 20 October at 9.30, 11.30

  • Sea Saw

See Saw… gently rocking the balance between looking and being looked at, a dance show for and with families with young children…In an intimate and informal environment, with everyone on the floor together.

At Pavilion
Children Show – 21 October at 11.30, 14.00


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Caterpillar who eats and eats until he is eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, take delight in the antics of Little Cloud who transforms into everything it sees and be tickled by the bored Chameleon whose visit to the zoo brings a bit of colour to his life – in more ways than one! 

At Pavilion
Children Show – 21 October at 11.30, 14.00, 23 October at 13.00, 15.00

Flip Flop At The Mill Theatre

  • C Fashion

In these tough economic times, when no one can buy a Chanel bag anymore, Yoyo and Gigi have decided to go down in the street and help out the Dubliners by giving free “haute couture” lessons, re-fashioning people with the trendiest of materials: The Irish Times newspaper 

Dundrum Town Square
Children Show – 16 October – Free Event

  • The Man Who Planted Trees

Puppet State Theatre Co. present a captivating adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental cult classic. A French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender in this multi-sensory theatrical delight. An unforgettable story that shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. 

At The Mill Theatre
Children Show, Suitable for ages 7 and up – 19 October at 11.30


  • Creatures From Suitcases

Kidding Ensemble present this delightful show. Two mad scientists, one from Chile and one from France, meet in front of the post office of a small Irish town, Ballyslow. They are both here for the same reason: they want to capture Whoosh, an amazing creature that can only be seen tomorrow or yesterday. Along the way they are telling us about all the other extaordinary creatures they know but the real question remains, will they capture Whoosh? 

At The Mill Theatre
Children Show, Suitable for ages 5 – 9 years and families – 23 October at 14.00, 16.00