Dublin Theatre Festival

The National Theatre


By Tom Murphy

Venue Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage

Directed by Tom Murphy
Design by Blaithín Sheerin
Lighting design by Paul Keogan
Costume design by Joan O'Clery
Cast Jane Brennan, Derbhle Crotty, Pauline Flanagan

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Mommo is a senile old woman trapped in the past. Night after night, in the manner of a storyteller, she begins to relate the story of a laughing competition - the story of Bailegangaire (that is, the town without laughter) and how it came by its name. Mary, her granddaughter, would be free of the past in order to make a new beginning and realises that to do so, the story of Bailegangaire has to be concluded - tonight.

In Mommo, Tom Murphy has created one of the greatest female characters of 20th century Irish literature. In this production directed by the author, Mommo is played by Olivier Award-winning Actress, Pauline Flanagan.

The Abbey Theatre will be hosting a series of special events and initiatives during the Tom Murphy season. These will include a public interview with Tom Murphy conducted by Michael Billington, and a concert of music drawn from the plays of Tom Murphy.

There will be pre-show talks and panel discussions each night except Mondays. All events to be held in the Abbey and Peacock theatres are free of charge.

"One of the finest and most inventive pieces of Irish dramatic writing ever"
Sunday Independent

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