By Ailbhe Elizabeth Noonan

Nestled away in its own universe,

a dark and cosy building there resides –

secret stairways and clues written in verse

inviting those in the know to come inside.


Inside the dark lies a welcoming room

of friends and foes and fanatics alike

the buzz of the crowd and a show starting soon

actors, directors, characters lifelike.


Lifelike characters appearing onstage

thespians all working hard for their art –

where words come to life from beyond the page

and where fictional lives get torn apart.


Ah! Such is the magic of the spoken words,

where tales come to life and stories are heard.

Ailbhe Noonan is a second-year English student at Trinity College ​Dublin. She is an aspiring writer and the current theatre editor of the University Times, which has given her both a creative and critical look at the theatre industry. Her poetry takes a whimsical examination of what it means to be a writer and artist, as well as more serious topics such as identity and what it means to find your place. 

'Thespians' is a poem written during the first lockdown. It is about the magic of theatrical spaces and the joy of making theatre together, and the special nature of a space in which theatre is made.