PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins welcomed producers, actors and drama fans to Aras an Uachtarain to celebrate Focus Theatre's 50th birthday and to launch two books charting the history of the unique venue.
The President's wife Sabina was one of many actors who trained and worked at the theatre over the decades. Others included Gabriel Byrne, Joan Bergin, Olwen Fouere, Sean Campion and Tom Hickey, who was present at the Aras.
Also present was the current artistic director of the Focus, Joe Devlin.
The first book is called 'Stanislavski in Ireland – Focus at 50', while the second is 'Breaking Boundaries – An Anthology of Original Plays'. It is a collection of original plays developed, directed and produced by the Focus Theatre.
There will also be an art exhibition in Temple Bar's Culture Box tonight.