The Garage Theatre

Published 30th August 2022

In existence since 1993, the Garage Theatre obtained a new home in 2013 with the completion of this stunning new community theatre building.

The Garage Theatre was formed as a joint venture between Monaghan Vocational Education Committee and Monaghan Dramatic Society. As part of the new Monaghan Education Campus developed between 2010 and 2012, the current modern home for the theatre was designed and delivered.

The theatre is a 1,940 sqm two-storey over basement facility incorporating a 300-seat auditorium with ten wheelchair spaces. Seating is retractable, providing a completely flexible space. The Theatre also includes a 75-seat studio space with sprung floor, a visual art studio and gallery, three large dressing rooms, administrative offices, a bar and café and a generous, double height public foyer and reception. 300 car parking spaces are also provided for use by patrons of the facility.

Clad externally in a dark grey brick, the building features large picture windows set in exposed concrete structural walls, providing views over the surrounding rural landscape. An external stage is incorporated into the space around the building, facilitating open air performances.

Waterman Moylan provided all civil, traffic and structural engineering services from initial master planning to completion of construction.

Client: Monaghan VEC
Architect: Oppermann Associates/Hawkins Brown