A utopian community art project commissioned by the Dublin Fringe Festival for their twenty first birthday, produced and facilitated by Dan Colley.

 Fringe Lab Rats are a collective of twenty-one year old artists who were’

invited by Dublin Fringe Festival to come together and disrupt and

upend the usual bounds of the festival, and to celebrate their

twenty firsts together.

TWENTY FIRST was their offering.

For 6 days they lived and worked in a human sized lab rat cage.

This rat cage was a utopia – a community, with no internet or phones

with a ball pool and a big dinner table, with no responsibilities

except to tell the stories of Dublin’s twenty-one year olds.

And not to be a dick.

Produced by Fringe Lab Rats in association with Tiger Dublin Fringe

Developed at Fringe Lab




– Creative + Production Team

Producer and Facilitator Dan Colley 

Designer + Production Manager Ferdia Cathil 

Stage Manager Conor O’Rourke

Catering Dublin Pop Up

Video Production Jonathan Ho           


Lab Rats/Artists :

Resident Rats:

Arianne Hutch

Jack Nolan

James Ireland

Jonathan Ho

Grainne Blumenthal 

Sadie Devane

Christina Roche

Meeting Times Coordinator Tiarnán Fallon Verbruggen     

Meeting Times Tour Guide Líadan Ní Chearbhaill             

 Meeting Times Tour Guide Gillian Cooper                        

Meeting Times Tour Guide Mollie Molumby                     

Meeting Times Tour Guide Sean Costello

Meeting Times Tour Guide Déarbhla Whelehan                

Meeting Times Tour Guide Katie O’Byrne    

Meeting Times Tour Guide Lucy Johnson


Photo + Video by Jonathan Ho