The dlr Mill Theatre is the home base for its production wing, Mill Productions. In the years since it opened its doors, it has undergone many changes and developments. The Mill Theatre was opened on 4 May 2006 by President Mary McAleese. Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, was the first play presented in the community theatre built as part of the new Dundrum Town Centre development. The production was directed by Brian de Salvo and drew its cast and creative team from members of the five local drama groups active in the Dundrum area at that time.
The play, first presented on Broadway in 1938, is about local community, everyday life, love, death and the hereafter – but also, in some respects, a theatrical work about theatrical work, one that spotlights the stage as a universal, entertaining mirror to all that is funny, sad and thought provoking. Since then the theatre has been host to a wide variety of performing arts, community theatre, visual art, comedy, music and children’s shows. Every year, over 400 productions are presented in the main auditorium and the studio space, where professional production companies, including Mill Productions, and amateur community groups perform shows from all genres – a broad range of work that continues to support and reinforce the value and enjoyment of live theatre.
Further information about the theatre and its facilities is available on the theatre website About page.
When it celebrated its first ten years as an established venue for professional productions and a focal point and home for local groups and stage schools in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, the theatre also welcomed the involvement and financial support of dlr County Council. In May 2016, the theatre was renamed dlr Mill Theatre.
The renaming of the theatre acknowledged the support of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as its primary funder. Announcing the renaming of the theatre at an event on Tuesday 15 March 2016, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Barry Saul, paid tribute to the work of dlr Mill Theatre saying, “I wish to commend the hard work and dedication of the dlr Mill Theatre staff, board and volunteers. All have worked tirelessly to establish and maintain such a vital performing and visual arts resource. The staff present such an excellent and varied arts programme for us all to enjoy. I’m also proud of the role Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has played in supporting the theatre’s development through increased annual funding. The Council plays a vital role in local arts development. Our continued support for dlr Mill Theatre increases countywide provision and access to quality arts experiences for all.”
Commenting on the theatre’s new name, the Chairman of dlr Mill Theatre, Pat Kinsley welcomed the development stating, “This is more than a simple change of name. It’s a partnership of two organisations with a shared commitment to serving the local community, building on the already strong relationship between dlr Mill Theatre and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. It’s an exciting chapter in the Mill’s history, and a fantastic opportunity to work together to advance the performing and visual arts in this County.”
The reception areas of the theatre also function as a gallery to showcase the best of local and upcoming printmakers, illustrators and fine artists. In addition, from time to time, the gallery shows works from dlr County Council’s private contemporary art collection.
The dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin, D16 C5X6, is located in front of the Mill Pond, on the opposite side to the cinema and the main entrance to the shopping centre. The theatre may be contacted by telephone on 01-296 9340 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org