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Spuds and sill

Spuds and Sill is the name of our amateur drama wing of the society. (Spuds = en engelsk ord för potatis som används på Irland; Sill = the Swedish word for herring!)

They perform a full-length play every spring, and occasionally other events in connection with Bloomsday, Hallowe'en or Christmas. The first performance was in 2010. Members of the society avail of discounted tickets.

Read more about the group on their own website.

Rehearsing has helped many a member survive the long Swedish winter! New members are always welcome, for roles either on- or off-stage.

Curious fact: the group was mentioned in this 2014 Irish Times article about Sweden as a destination for Irish emigrants.

2024's production:

Bernard Farrell's "Canaries"

Stockholm 17th and 18th May.

2023's production:

Dancing at Lughnasa

Spuds and Sill perform "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel.

Olympiateatern, Odenplan, Stockholm. 12th and 13th May.

2022's production:

Cupid Wore Trousers

Olympiateatern, Odenplan. 13th and 14th of May.

2021's Bloomsday Event


Pandemic hit, so things were a bit quiet...

2019's Bloomsday Event:

Pictured L-R: Patricia Crone, Marie Tyrell, Teresa O'Shea Ogenstad, Mark Ennis, Niall Balfe, and Miriam Hill

2018’s production:

Big Maggie (by John B Keane)

Teater Lederman, St Eriksplan. 6 and 7 April 2018.


She Stoops to Conquer (by Oliver Goldsmith)

Olympiateatern, Odenplan. 21 and 22 April 2017

In this hilarious romance that pits country manners against city snobbery, director Elva Harpin assembles a wonderfully rich and comical cast where the twist of Irish wit and English countryside collide in this eternal romantic comedy. Director: Elva Harpin.


100 (by Niall Balfe)

This play, written and directed by Stockholm-based Irish playwright Niall Balfe, premiered on the 22nd April 2016 in Skarpnäck.

“1916. Pearse and Connolly are about to lead the Easter Rising against British rule.
2016. Sean Boland is celebrating his 100th birthday, while his grandson Alan is planning to start a revolution of his own.
“100” follows the fortunes of Sean’s family as it struggles to survive the turmoil of modern Ireland from the Easter Rising to the present day.


Another Peace (by Niall Balfe)

2015’s play was “Another Peace”, written by our member Niall Balfe. Niall is a Stockholm-based Irish playwright and this was his second play. Niall also directed.


Cripple of Inishmaan (by Martin McDonagh)

The cast of Martin McDonagh’s Cripple of Inishmaan (2014) take a bow. Directer: Niall Balfe. Photo: Michael Hughes





A Wake in the West

Strengthening the cultural bonds between Sweden and Ireland – and having fun while we do it!

Founded in Stockholm in 1949

Registered non-profit organisation: 812800-5769


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