Bailegangaire Official Trailer 4 – audience feedback

Hear what audience members had to say about the opening performance of Bailegangaire at the Backstage Theatre (starts at 1.03 minutes into the trailer).

Bailegangaire: Official Trailer 2

NB: contains strong language.

Bailegangaire is one of The Ticket’s Highlights of the Week

The Ticket Highlight of the Week

“few dramas come with as much power or urgency as Bailegangaire”

Bailegangaire opens tonight (9 Sept) at the Backstage Theatre, Longford.

Trailer: Bailegangaire opens at the Backstage Theatre on Fri 9 Sept

Joan Sheehy as Mommo and Maeve Fitzgerald as Dolly in Tom Murphy's Bailegangaire

Here is the trailer for Bailegangaire. The Irish tour opens on Fri 9 and Sat 10 September 2016 at the Backstage Theatre, Longford before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Tour dates

Backstage Theatre, Longford

Friday 9 – Saturday 10 September 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 0433347888

Civic Theatre, Tallaght

Wednesday 14  – Thursday 15  September 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 01 4627477

Roscommon Arts Centre

Friday 16 – Saturday 17 September 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 0906625824

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Wednesday 21  – Thursday 22 September 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 045448327

Ramor Theatre, Virginia

Friday 23 – Saturday 24 September 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 0498547074

Garage Theatre, Monaghan

Tuesday 27  September 2016
Ticket Prices: €16/€14
Phone: 04739777

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 September 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 0719161518

An Grianán, Letterkenny

Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October 2016
Ticket Prices: €20/€15
Phone: 0749120777

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Tuesday 4 October 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€16
Phone: 057 866 3355

Mullingar Arts Centre

Wednesday 5– Thursday 6 October 2016
Ticket Prices: €18/€15
Phone: 0449347777

Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

Friday 7 – Saturday 8 October 2016
Ticket Prices: €20/€18
Phone: 012312929

Bailegangaire’s director Padraic McIntyre on Tom Murphy: “Maybe it was the culchies in us.”

Padraic McIntyre recently wrote about his history with Tom Murphy on the Civic Theatre’s blog:

“Some years ago I had the privilege of directing ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’, by Tom Murphy for NOMAD/Livin Dred and sat with Tom in his study discussing the play. My Theatrical hero, my playwriting idol, sitting before me. And Tom like his plays didn’t disappoint. He was funny, witty, intelligent, sharp, abrasive, contrary and very very generous.

A couple of years later I was invited to be assistant director on Tom’s new play ‘The Last Days of A Reluctant Tyrant’, at The Abbey Theatre. I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in Tom’s presence and working closely with him and we got on extremely well.  Maybe it was the culchies in us.”

Read the full post here:”

Listen to extracts from Bailegangaire

Check out these audio clips from Bailegangaire, originally recorded and broadcast on RTE’s Arena, 25 August 2016.

Press Release: Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire, touring Ireland this autumn.



Directed by Padraic McIntyre

On tour from 9th September to 8th October 2016  nationwide.

“Let ye be settling now, my fondlings, and I will be giving ye a nice story tonight when I finish this. For isn’t it a good one?”

This is a major new touring production of Bailegangaire, first performed by Druid Theatre Company in 1985. Directed by Padraic McIntyre, “Tom Murphy’s extraordinary play” (Peter Crawley, Irish Times), centres around Mommo, who tells over and over again a story she never finishes of how the town came to be known as Bailegangaire, the town without laughter.

Mommo is attended by her two granddaughters, Mary and Dolly. The younger women yearn to be free of the past in order to make a new beginning, and Mary comes to believe that to do so the story of Bailegangaire has to be concluded.

“In Mommo, Tom Murphy has created one of the greatest female characters of twentieth-century Irish literature.”

“I’d place it in the same league as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, Faith Healer.” The Telegraph

Nomad Theatre Network NOMAD, was set up in January 2006 to further the development of the performing arts and extend the parameters of regional, national and international performances available to venues and their audiences. The partnership network set out to encourage more theatre companies both national and international to tour to the regions, to produce high quality theatre and ultimately to enrich and strengthen performing arts practice in the regions and shape the future development of touring.

NOMAD/Livin’ Dred Theatre Co. is delighted to announce the cast for their upcoming tour of BAILEGANGAIRE by Tom Murphy.

MOMMO Joan Sheehy
MARY Claire Monnelly
DOLLY Maeve Fitzgerald
Find out more about the cast here.

The cast meeting for their first read through of Bailegangaire, August 2016. Left to right: Joan Sheehy, Maeve Fitzgerald and Claire Monelly.

Photo: The cast meeting for their first read through of Bailegangaire, August 2016. Left to right: Joan Sheehy, Maeve Fitzgerald and Claire Monelly. See our gallery for more images.



Please contact Bernie McGrath for interviews or any further info on info @ and 087 9817535
TWITTER: @nomad_network or @milive1 or @LivinDred
FACEBOOK: livindredtheatrecompany

Download official press image here: (300 dpi, 10MB, jpg).

Download press release with tour dates and blogs (pdf, 124 KB).