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Druid, Ireland

Brigit & Bailegangaire | The Olympia Theatre | Oct 1 – 5

★★★★★ The Irish Times     ★★★★★ The Sunday Times    ★★★★★ Irish Examiner

Brigit and Bailegangaire, Druid, Tom Murphy, Oct 1 - Oct 5, Dublin Theatre Festival, Garry Hynes, Jane Brennan, Marie Mullen, Marty Rea, Catherine Walsh, Bosco Hogan, Rachel O'Byrne


“I’d like it to be perfect...Beautiful...The statue...Unbeatable...I’d like it to be what I feel...And I don’t know what that is.”

Seamus is an odd-job man with 'a great pair of hands.' He is given 'a commission' by the church to carve a statue. His previous work for the church was none too happy. However, he accepts the commission and as he works on the statue his obsession with it grows: it comes to involve his family which is on the breadline – his wife, Mommo, and the three grandchildren they’ve inherited.

Bailegangaire occurs 30 years later



“The countryside produced a few sensations in the last couple of years, but my grand plan: I'll show them what can happen at the dark of night in a field. I'll come to grips with my life.”

Mommo tells over and over again a story she never finishes. It relates how the town of Bochtán came to be known as Baileganagaire, the town without laughter. Her granddaughter Mary ministers to her side, while dreaming of leaving forever, and Dolly counts down the days before her husband returns from England, determined, this time, to be ready for him.

First premiered by Druid in 1985 with Siobhán McKenna, Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire is considered one of the crowning achievements of Irish drama, casting an unyielding but tender light on a trinity of women’s lives from a dark time.

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Information and Tickets:


  • Wed Oct 1 & Sat Oct 4, 6pm
  • Thurs Oct 2, 8pm
  • Sun Oct 5, 4pm
  • Duration: Approx. 70 mins. No interval.



  • Wed Oct 1, Fri Oct 3 & Sat Oct 4, 8pm
  • Sun Oct 5, 6pm
  • Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins incl. interval


Talking Theatre: Sat Oct 4, post-show (Bailegangaire). With Garry Hynes and Tom Murphy.

  • Venue: The Olympia Theatre
  • Tickets:
  • Single show: €15 – €35
  • Both shows €20 – €60


"A major play from a major Irish playwright, Bailegangaire is as complex and haunting as one of Yeats' later poems" The Sunday Telegraph

Cast and Creative Team:

    • Directed by Garry Hynes
    • Set and Costume Design: Francis O'Connor
    • Lighting Design: Rick Fisher
    • Sound Design: Gregory Clarke
    • Cast includes: Jane Brennan, Bosco Hogan, Marie Mullen, Rachel O'Byrne, Aisling O'Sullivan, Marty Rea, Catherine Walsh

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