Breaking Dad

Breaking Dad

Past Performances

University Concert Hall

29 March–2 April 2016

Gaiety Theatre

14–26 March 2016

Gaiety Theatre

16–28 February 2015

Cork Opera House

10–14 February 2015

Gaiety Theatre

25 April–24 May 2014

Breaking Dad

by Paul HowardLandmark Productions in association with MCD

After a sell-out run during the 2014 premiere, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s Breaking Dad returned to the Gaiety Theatre in 2015 and received its Cork debut at Cork Opera House.

The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, the people are once again selling houses to each other for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world. He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown.

Breaking Dad was the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, following the hugely successful The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger (2007) and Between Foxrock and a Hard Place (2010).

World Premiere.


Ross Rory NolanTraolach Gavin DreaRonan Laurence KinlanSorcha Lisa LambeHonor Caoimhe O’MalleyCharles Phillip O’Sullivan

2016 Revival

Ross Rory NolanTraolach Emmet ByrneRonan Laurence KinlanSorcha Aoibhin GarrihyHonor Roisin O’NeillCharles Philip O’Sullivan


Writer Paul HowardDirector Jimmy FaySet Design Paul O’MahonyCostume Design Catherine FayLighting Design Paul Keogan


2014Photographer: Patrick Redmond
2016Photographer: Patrick Redmond


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