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Home is where the heartbreak is in drama for real Dubs

A PLAY about the regeneration of Dublin city flat complexes is bringing the heartache of a community breaking apart to audiences in Smithfield.

Complexity, a play written by Anthony Goulding, a former resident of O'Devaney Gardens, tells the story of residents in a flat complex who are confronted by the hope of new change with the sadness of leaving the community behind.

The play has been hailed as a true representation of the life of so many Dubliners who have been touched by recent regeneration.

"People are coming back a second time to see it. They found it an authentic drama. It shows how a community is being eroded by a housing project," said Vanessa Fielding, the play's director.

The set design means that the audience walk into the middle of the set while the play is going on. They're encouraged to move with the action of the play, observing scenes from close range and organisers warn that even though there are resting places, the audience should be prepared to be mobile. "People come and feel part of the complex," said Vanessa.

A disused warehouse on Smithfield Square, has been converted into a temporary theatre for the play.

Linda Tristram, promoter and producer said: "A few people are coming out in tears, especially old people."

Complexity runs in Smithfield Market, Smithfield Square from March 11th to 21st at 8pm, and tickets are available on the door.