The Good Father


"The Good Father" is a full-length play by Christian O'Reilly set in Dublin in the late 1990's or the early 21st century. Although it has only two characters, it is alternately gripping and funny. Although the plot is built around an age-old scenario, O'Reilly's sharp dialogue and excellent characterisation give his play a taut freshness that is utterly absorbing. The story is fairly commonplace. A chance meeting at a New Year's party results in an unexpected pregnancy. How Tim and Jane deal with this situation is alternately funny, sad and ultimately tragic.

Cast:   Tim...................................Damian O'Keeffe
            Jane..................................Tracy Bruen

Producer:......................................George Bruen

Stage:              Marty Kelly; Pat Connally;
Lighting:         Philip Macdonnell, Frank Forde, 
                        Michael Forde, Tracy Bruen, George

              Padraig Lee.

Music (Editing and Mixing): Tracy Bruen

Costumes and Design: Marie Dowling and Tracy Bruen

Backstage: Peter McGrath, Padraig Waters.


Dunmore Town Hall - Fri & Sat, February 25th & 26th
Claregalway Drama Festival - Sat. March 12th
Claremorris Drama Festival - Wed. March 16th
North Cork Drama Festival - Fri. March 18th
Shercock Drama Festival    - Sat. March 19th
Cavan Drama Festival        - Thurs. March 24th
Dunmore Town Hall         - Good Friday, Apr. 22nd

"The Good Father deals with an adult topic. Some parents may consider it unsuitable for children under the age of twelve" 

Jane and Tim - A Tender Moment

From Galway to Wexford (Again!!)

By now you all know that The Good Father had a very successful run in the All Ireland confined qualifiers and with wins in Claregalway and Shercock, backed up by second placings in Claremorris and Cavan, qualified for the All Ireland finals in Wexford. We travelled to Wexford over the weekend of the 9th April and the performance in The Opera House on Saturday night was electric. The response from the Wexford audience was amazing - probably the best ovation we have ever received from an "away" audience.

As it has transpired, the audience reaction in Wexford was shared by adjudicator Donn McMullan. On Saturday night April 16th, in a packed Opera House, he placed DADS second in the All Ireland Final - just pipped for the overall award by Ballyshannon with their excellent "Steel Magnolias". Tracy was rewarded with a scolarship to the DLI summerschool in UL for her protrayal of Jane while Damian was adjudged the best actor - his second such award in an All Ireland final. Tracy, Damian and all the crew can be very proud of this magnificent achievement.

Damian and Tracy rehearsing for The Good Father

seamus murphy bridge drama 15.04.2011 23:15

Absolutely brill show will take a massive show to beat ye haven't seen it yet and its now friday best of luck

George Bruen 17.04.2011 20:02

Thanks for your coment Seamus. As you know Ballyshannon did it but we were absolutely delighted with our result with the Wexford audience for their reception

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