Welcome to the Garage Theatre
Our Box Office hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. Box office 047 39777 or you can book online at www.garagetheatre.com.
The box office is also open one hour before a show and closes 30 minutes after the show starts.
• Covid Certification is now required for entry for everyone over 18 years of age.
• Proof of ID also requested.
• Mandatory mask wearing will remain in place at all events.
The Garage Theatre is a large high ceiling venue. We have fresh air supply ventilation in place where fresh air is pushed into the theatre and stale air pushed out. Air is not re-circulated.
In order to safely welcome back our artists, staff and audiences to the building we undertake extensive internal risk assessments prior to each production to ensure staff and visitor safety.
A one-way system will be in operation at the main entrance with designated entry and exit doors. Please observe the signage around the building.
If you, your child or any member of your household is displaying any symptoms, or has been in close contact with anyone displaying symptoms, they must not attend the Garage Theatre.
In 1993, Co. Monaghan VEC founded the Garage Theatre as a joint venture with Monaghan Dramatic Society (MDS). The Garage Theatre takes its name from a reference in Pat McCabe’s (Monaghan Author) award winning novel, “The Butcher Boy” (this was subsequently a successful motion picture directed by Neil Jordan)
The original theatre (located in a ward in St. Davnets Psychiatric Hospital) opened with a premiere of the play – “Frank Pig Says Hello” starring Sean Rocks, Declan Gorman and directed by Joe Byrne for Co-Motion Theatre Company, based on the award winning novel “The Butcher Boy “. In the film, when Francie Brady’s mother suffers a nervous breakdown and ends up in hospital Francie is informed that she has gone to the Garage get her ankle tightened, and as the theatre was first set up in a disused wing of a psychiatric hospital Pat Mc Cabe suggested calling it the Garage Theatre.
While this 186-seat theatre served well as ad-hoc solution for 20 years, the building had a number of shortcomings unsuitable for the running of a theatre in the long-term. The New Theatre was constructed and completed in January 2013 on the new Monaghan Education Campus on the Armagh Road. It is a 1,940-m2 facility incorporating a 289 seat auditorium with 10 wheelchair spaces, an induction loop system, a 75 seat studio space with a sprung floor, a newly opened visual art studio & Gallery, 3 large dressing rooms, green room, a fully licenced bar & café, numerous administrative offices and 300 free car park spaces.
Funding towards the cost of construction was received from Department of Arts, Sports & Tourism, Department of Education & Skills, Monaghan County Council and Monaghan Town Council.
The Garage Theatre is also home to Monaghan Junior and Senior Youth Theatres and Garage Theatre Productions.
“I loved the Garage Theatre from the moment I set foot in it. That was the night Frank Pig Says Hello played there and I have to say that it really was one of the proudest moments of my life” – Pat McCabe
Artistic Director: Eileen Costello
Director of MSYT: Krista Hamilton
Creative Youth Officer / Director of MJYT: Joanne Brennan
Technician: Josh Mc Phillips
Box Office Staff: Maggie Mc Dermott
Box Office Staff: Anastasia Tatarnikova
Maintenance: Caomh Mc Gillion