The Vaults, a €5m ($6.6m) immersive, performance-driven attraction that tells the story of Ireland, is to open in Dublin this July.
The former Augustinian St John’s National School is being transformed into the venue. When the work is complete, it will feature a variety of 360-degree theatrical sets with live actors performing scenes from the history of Ireland.
Each show will feature special effects and dark humour, with audience participation a key part of the experience. Up to 30 shows will take place on a daily basis.
Production company Frontier Entertainment is leading the development. The team includes television production veterans such as Gerald Heffernan and screenwriter Peter Sheridan.
The Vaults is expected to create up to 50 jobs with more than half going to actors, making it the largest employer of full-time performing artists in Ireland.
The remaining jobs will include technical specialists and makeup and wardrobe specialists for the performances. Other roles include front of house, food and beverage, and retail and merchandising assistants.
Paul Blanchfield, CEO of Frontier Entertainment, said: “Our aim is to quickly become the number one thing to do in Dublin with a theatrical attraction which will be a completely unique entertainment experience integrating actors with guests.
“We’ve put together a team of highly skilled professionals in staging and set design to create for guests a stunning walk through journey of real and imagined events in Irish history with a twist and we are in a prime location to add to Dublin’s €2bn tourism and leisure offering where over 1.7 million adults and families attended arts related events last year.
“Feedback from tourism experts and tour operators has been very positive so far and we’re really looking forward to opening our doors to the public with our official grand opening set for 30 June.”