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Ross O'Carroll-Kelly's Breaking Dad

By Paul Howard
Directed by Jimmy Fay

Gavin Drea/Emmet Byrne
Laurence Kinlan
Lisa Lambe/Aoibhin Garrihy
Caoimhe O’ Malley/Roisin O'Neill
Phillip O’ Sullivan
and starring Rory Nolan as Ross


Following standing ovations and rave reviews in 2014, Ross O' Carroll-Kelly's hilarious Breaking Dad returned to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin from February 16 - 28, 2015 and received its Cork debut at Cork Opera House from February 10 - 14.

One of Ireland's most versatile actors, Rory Nolan (DruidMurphy, Citizen Charlie), reprised his role as Ross, the legendary socialite and seducer, who has been described as "Ireland's most eligible married man" and "the greatest Irish player never to actually make it in the game"!

Paul Howard's character Ross has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and have sold close to one million copies in Ireland alone. A remarkable eight Ross O'Carroll-Kelly titles have been shortlisted for Irish Book Awards, so the stage play Breaking Dad is a must-see for all fans!

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.

Written by Paul Howard
Directed by Jimmy Fay
Set Design by Paul O'Mahony
Costumes by Catherine Fay
Lighting Design by Paul Keogan

**** The Irish Times
'Paul Howard's latest comedy will have you laughing out loud for two hours'

**** The Evening Herald
'note-perfect ... an impeccable cast ... brilliant ... hilarious'

**** Mail on Sunday
'Another fine farce from Paul Howard ... ­brilliant comic timing'

**** Metro Herald

Sunday Independent
'side-splittingly funny'

The Sunday Times
'the laughs never wane ... ­flawless'

Breaking Dad is 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).