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Ross O'Carroll Kelly, Breaking Dad


  • Playwright

    Paul Howard 

  • Setting

    Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, March 2022.

  • Synopsis

    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.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Charles Philip O'Sullivan
Sorcha Lisa Lambe
Ronan Laurence Kinlan
Ross Rory Nolan
Honor Caoimhe O'Malley
Traolach Gavin Drea
Production Team  
Director Jimmy Fay
Set Designer Paul O'Mahony
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Producer Anne Clarke
Costume Designer Catherine Fay
Sound Designer Philip Stewart
Associate Producer Sara Cregan
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Stage Director Brendan Galvin
Stage Manager Deirdre McCormack
Graphic Design Gareth Jones
Illustrator Alan Clarke
Photography Patrick Redmond
Publicity Sabrina Sheehan
Marketing Sinead McPhillips
Marketing Justin Green
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Faith O'Grady, Lisa Richards Agency

  • Address

    108 Upper Leeson Street
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 637 5000

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.