Play on Human Trafficking in Maynooth and Trinity College

DiabloSpanner in the Works Theatre Company presents Diablo, a play on human trafficking in Ireland. Diablo is written and produced by Patricia Downey. It will be performed in NUI Maynooth (Student Common Room) at 7pm on Wednesday 16th October, and in Trinity College Dublin (ISE/Loyola Institute Building) at 8pm on Thursday 17th October. Tickets at the door: €10 (€5 students/concessions). Please note: this play contains violent sexual language and disturbing scenes. Over 18s I.D. is required.

Diablo has a small cast of 5 actors and is written by Patricia Downey, Artistic Director for Belfast based Spanner in the Works Theatre Company, which is partly funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Spanner in the Works Theatre Company was established in Belfast in September 1998 and undertakes performances and workshops throughout Ireland, touring rural and urban communities. The main aim of the company is to provide challenging productions that will deal with difficult, hard hitting and controversial subject matter.

Speaking about the play’s challenging subject matter, Patricia Downey commented: “Human trafficking is a fast growing criminal enterprise due to the fact that it is relatively low risk but with a high profit potential. Sadly, criminal organisations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.

Diablo deals with the contentious matter of human trafficking. We might not be aware of it or like to acknowledge it, but this form of human exploitation is happening right here on our doorstep and I hope this play serves to increase awareness and, in turn, save lives.”

Northern Ireland Justice Minister, David Ford, who attended the opening production of Diablo in 2012, praised the Arts Council for funding the play. He said: “This important play shines the spotlight on human trafficking and should highlight the plight of victims in a way that will help raise awareness of this evil crime.” For further information on the upcoming performances of Diablo please visit and

“I left the show quite literally speechless and with a renewed passion for the work that our organisation does to raise awareness of this issue. Patricia and her team leave no stone unturned as they unpack this complex crime in a riveting performance that is sure to move the hardest of hearts” ~ Mel Wiggins of Project ‘FREEDOM ACTS’ Craigavon Intercultural Programme.

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