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About Ross O'Carroll-Kelly: Breaking Dad
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly - ‘Breaking Dad’ By Paul Howard
****’Paul Howard’s latest comedy will have you laughing out loud for two hours’ - The Irish Times
**** 'note-perfect….an impeccable cast … brilliant… hilarious’ - The Herald
****'Another fine farce from Paul Howard…brilliant comic timing’ - Mail on Sunday
‘…side-splittingly funny’ - Sunday Independent
**** - Metro Herald
'the laughs never wane…flawless' - Sunday Times
With record-breaking sales of over 45,000 tickets, rave reviews and standing ovations every night, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s Breaking Dad is set to return to the Gaiety Theatre stage for the final time in March 2016. Don’t miss your last chance to see the hilarious sell-out hit as Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s ‘Breaking Dad’ at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for strictly two weeks only from Monday 14 March until Saturday 26 March 2016.
Speaking today, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly author, Paul Howard said "I am very excited that Breaking Dad is returning for a third run and pleased to welcome three new and brilliantly talented cast members. We had enormous fun and some very memorable nights in Dublin and Cork during the first two runs in 2014 and 2015. I'm really thrilled that those people who didn't get a chance to see it on those two occasions will have one last chance to see it - and at The Gaiety, a mere drop-goal away from Grafton Street, the centre of the O'Carroll-Kelly universe."
Starring Rory Nolan (Druid Murphy, Citizen Charlie, Fair City) who reprises his role as Ross, with Laurence Kinlan (Love/Hate, The Guard) and Philip O’Sullivan (Vikings, Fair City) who are also returning to their roles as Ronan and Charles. They are joined by Aoibhín Garrihy (The Fall, Fair City) as Sorcha, Roisin O’Neill (Sive in the title role for the Abbey Theatre) as Honor and Emmet Byrne (Red Rock) as Traolach, the 'new Tiger in town'.
With a general election about to be announced imminently, the return of Paul Howard’s satirical masterpiece has never seemed more prophetic, or timelier. The play is set in the year 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 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).
One of Ireland’s most popular writers, Paul Howard is a multi award-winning novelist. His fictional character Ross O’Carroll-Kelly has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and the bust, and have sold over one million copies in Ireland alone. A remarkable eleven books in the series (including the current book, Seedless in Seattle) have been shortlisted for Irish Book Awards, and the stage play Breaking Dad is a must-see for all Ross fans.
The play is directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place) with sets designed by Paul O'Mahony, costumes by Catherine Fay and lighting by Paul Keogan.