Blood in the Dirt

The New Theatre, Dublin
13–30 November 2019

Blood in the Dirt

by Rory Gleeson Landmark Productions and Keynote Productions

Based on a true story, Blood in the Dirt is an epic tale of family, dispossession and the attachment to land.

When Big Jim Donnelly moves from Ireland to Biddulph, Ontario in 1845, and stakes a claim on settled land, the locals know there will be trouble. Based on a true story, spiralling down the centuries, Blood in the Dirt traces the history of violence, the cost of survival, and the meaning of legacy.

Caitríona McLaughlin directs one of Ireland’s leading actors, Lorcan Cranitch, and leads a stellar creative team which includes Paul Keogan (set and lighting design), Sinéad Diskin (sound design) and Ciara Fleming (costume design), with music composed by renowned fiddle player, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh.

World Premiere.


Francis Donnelly Lorcan Cranitch


Writer Rory GleesonDirector Caitríona McLaughlinSet and Lighting Designer Paul KeoganSound Designer Sinéad DiskinCostume Designer Ciara FlemingComposer Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh


★★★★ 'visceral and powerful in equal measure'Irish Examiner
'Based on a fascinating true story'Sunday Times
★★★★ 'brought vividly to life by a towering performance'The Arts Review
'an extraordinary performance ... unforgettable'Irish Mail on Sunday


Photographer: Patrick Redmond