Nightmare Plants

Nightmare Plants

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Time 17:30; 18:05; 18:40; 19:35; 20:10; 20.45; 21.40; 22.15 and 22.50
Date October 28th - October 29th
Location National Botanic Gardens of Ireland


A rare opportunity to cross the threshold of the National Botanic Gardens after dark, for a thrilling, immersive experience in the Victorian Glasshouse.

“It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import”.  Bram Stoker, Dracula

As night falls on the garden’s oasis of calm and beauty, a dark heart begins to beat deep in the Victorian glasshouse. Things are coming into bloom. Welcome to the world of Nightmare Plants, where nature’s power to poison, seduce and intoxicate is on display.

Your host is a centuries old plant hunter; a mysterious purveyor of new and unusual species. He has trialled and tested the most deadly of Mother Nature’s creations. Now, for the first time, he’s opening his glass palace for guests to see his life’s work. Find out for yourself what secrets lie within, and what memories must be exorcised before the sun rises.

Nightmare Plants is an immersive performance, told by an ensemble of actors.

Devised, written and directed by Michelle McMahon.

With thanks to The Office of Public Works.

Show duration approx 30mins.  Nine performances each night.

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets €10.00.

Nightmare Plants takes place in the Victorian Glasshouse at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. The glasshouse is a delicate, complex ecosystem filled with all kinds of life. It’s home to lots of insects, including ants & cockroaches, that you might not see during the day. As we are guests in their home, please take appropriate care not to damage any plant or insect life during the event. For the squeamish among you, prepare yourself and remember that you’re probably scaring the insects more than they can scare you!

If you have a serious insect phobia or any other concerns please contact our Box Office (Ph 01 8819 613 / email who can give you further information.

Brought to you by:

  • Dublin City Council
  • Failte Ireland
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  • Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
  • Project Arts Centre

In Association With

  • The Bram Stoker Estate
  • Airbnb