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‘Virgin Media Playhouse’ opens today in central Dublin

Virgin Media is thrilled to announce that it's much-anticipated (and free!) Playhouse opened in central Dublin today. The ‘giant playhouse’ is a unique and immersive experience designed exclusively for adults. Taking over the Science Gallery Dublin in Trinity College, the Playhouse has just opened it's doors to the public and runs for two days only (July 5th and 6th). This exciting, limited opening promises a vibrant blend of nostalgia, innovation and fun, with a variety of eight different game and activity zones, each set to rekindle the joy of play in adults.

As the doors have just opened, Virgin Media are now releasing first-look imagery of the Playhouse, showcasing its impressive final design and layout. The Playhouse features an array of bright, engaging spaces filled with games and activities tailored to discover your unique ‘play personality’. Are you a Competitor, a Creator, or maybe a Storyteller? By the end of the event, you’ll know exactly what type of play brings you the most joy.


Many of Ireland’s most loved (and followed!) faces gathered last night for an exclusive first chance to enjoy the Playhouse games and discover their unique play personality.

The influential guest list included well known creators such as The Godfrey Twins, Paddy Smyth and Sarah Hanrahan. TD Gary Gannon and his new wife Clodagh were spotted enjoying a moment of creativity and play alongside actor Johnny Ward and and Sophie Van Der Flier (wife of Irish rugby star Josh). Much-loved regional content creators such as James Doyle, Adam Kelly and Cian Mulvihill (Cians The Word) even travelled from various corners of the country to enjoy the Playhouse. These three influencers alone boasting millions of followers combined. 


Grá ar an Trá’ TV hosts Síomha Ní Ruairc and James Kavanagh really embraced the various eight game zones on offer, unleashing both their creative playful sides.

James Kavanagh particularly loving the Ball Pit Photo Op. Each guest brought their unique flair and massive social media following to the Playhouse, ensuring the event was viewed by millions throughout the night.


After completing the eight game zones James Kavanagh discovered his unique play personality was ‘The Joker’! Someone who gets a thrill from sparking joy in others.  

The first-look Playhouse visuals released today showcase a vibrant environment designed to stimulate creativity and fun, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.


There are a total of eight different game/ challenge areas on offer, each crafted to engage and entertain. Some highlights include:

·   The Retro Arcade area: Step back in time with classics like Pac-Man and Mario. Some serious nostalgia here to bring out your inner competitor and explorer.

·   Trip of a Lifetime: This 360-degree immersive experience will take you on virtual journeys to some of the most stunning places on Earth. It’s your chance to explore without limits!

·   Dance Off: Best dancer in the room? Prove it!

·   Football Challenge: Test your skills in our Football Simulator. Aim for the top of the leader board and show everyone you’ve got what it takes to be a champion.

Join the Fun

The Virgin Media Playhouse is part of the brand’s 'It's Playtime' campaign, emphasising the importance of play for mental health and social connection. This innovative event is free to the public, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary experience by signing up for tickets here. A number of spaces are also being held each hour, to allow for walk-ins.


Event Details:

  • Dates: July 5th and 6th

  • Location: Science Gallery Dublin

  • Admission: Free (limited tickets available)

The total list of game & challenge areas, being revealed today for the first time, are:

  • Retro Arcade: Step back in time with classic arcade games for a nostalgic gaming experience.

  • Colouring Wall: Unleash your creativity on a large interactive wall designed for endless colouring fun.

  • Director Studio: Become a director and create your own movie scenes in this immersive studio.

  • Football Simulator: Test your football skills in a high-tech simulator that brings the pitch to life.

  • Balloon Challenge: Take on the challenge of navigating through a maze of balloons for an exciting adventure.

  • Ball Pit Photo Op: Dive into a vibrant ball pit for the perfect photo opportunity.

  • Tales From The Campfire: Gather around a virtual campfire to share and listen to engaging stories.

  • Trip Of A Lifetime: Embark on an epic adventure through a thrilling and immersive journey.


In Their Own Words

Content creator Sophie Vann Der Flier (wife to Irish Rugby Star Josh Van Der Flier) expressed her amazement, saying, “Virgin Media has truly outdone themselves with this giant adult playhouse. Tonight’s event has really reminded me that play isn’t just for kids; it’s essential for adults too! We all need to foster and encourage our sense of creativity and play more!”


Social Star James Doyle (or best known as Protein Bor) added, “I’m incredibly impressed by what Virgin Media has created here. This playhouse has reignited my playful side and shown how beneficial play can be for our well-being. It’s fantastic to see so many adults here, rediscovering the joy of play. I’m leaving feeling so light and happy!


James Kavanagh said, “Virgin Media’s Playhouse is an absolute triumph. This event has successfully brought out the playful spirit in all of us. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgia, innovation, and fun, proving that play is vital for everyone, no matter their age.

Tickets for the Virgin Media Playhouse event are free and available now on virginmedia.ie/playhouse and limited entry is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. The playhouse will be open from 12PM to 7PM each day on July 5th and 6th. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the wonders of play in a dynamic and interactive setting at the Science Gallery Dublin, located at Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 


For more information and to secure your ticket, visit virginmedia.ie/playhouse


Slán go fóill.

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