The Minerva Collective is delighted to present the premiere of SACRAMENT, a new generation, female driven production to Theatre Upstairs. Written and performed by Leigh Douglas, the writer of WAKING BEAUTY, and directed by Fiona Kingwill, SACRAMENT is a creation of female artists and theatre practitioners in Ireland and London today. Opening on Monday 13th November 2017, SACRAMENT is commissioned by and is a co-production with the Theatre Upstairs in Dublin.

‘You know when you tell yourself a particular story about who you are and how you got where you are and where you’re going and then something happens and you have to tell yourself a different story to make sense of yourself to yourself?’

A little girl in a first communion dress cossetted by family in Catholic Ireland dreams of the next time she will wear a white dress to Mass. But then she grows up. And as her music taste evolves, so does her relationship with God (if there is one), love (but sure what does that even mean?), and sex (but shhh don’t tell her Granny). One day, sexuality suddenly seems to threaten her relationships with her faith, her family and the future she has always imagined for herself.

Sacrament is a play which examines how a new generation of Irish young people relate to their country's religious heritage and whether it is possible to reconcile religion with an empowered sense of sexuality.


SACRAMENT is written and performed by Leigh Douglas and tells of the internal conflict between Ireland’s religious heritage and its new empowered sense of sexuality in the generation of millennials. 


Writer/ Performer- Leigh Douglas

Director- Fiona Kingwill

Producer- Emma Hanley

Lighting Design - Martha Godfrey

Movement - Amy Warren

Set Design - Naomi Faughnan



The Minerva Collective is a female forward theatre and political collective using performance as a platform for social commentary and change.

We develop and devise work that is dedicated to the following themes;

  1. Giving voice to unheard female voices.
  2. Studying the female experience within society.
  3. Exploring the point at which women begin to feel oppression and how this might be challenged and changed through performance.
  4. Drawing together liberation groups through theatre.

We work through writing original work, devising and collecting verbatim material.

Booking and further information on and 085 772 7375 .


Monday – Saturday evening 7.00pm,

Wednesday matinees 1.00pm.

Saturday matinees 1.00pm.

Tickets: €10 – €12



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  • Tue, Nov 14 | 19:00
    Wed, Nov 15 | 19:00
    Wed, Nov 15 | 13:00
    Thu, Nov 16 | 19:00
    Fri, Nov 17 | 19:00
    Sat, Nov 18 | 13:00
    Mon, Nov 20 | 19:00
    Tue, Nov 21 | 19:00
    Wed, Nov 22 | 19:00
    Wed, Nov 22 | 13:00
    Thu, Nov 23 | 19:00
    Fri, Nov 24 | 19:00
    Sat, Nov 25 | 19:00
    Sat, Nov 25 | 13:00

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