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Blackwater Babble

Blackwater Babble

@ the Cork Midsummer Festival 2018

What makes a good singsong? What makes a great one? This is a story of forty Summers spent trying to answer that question. Forty Summers of rowing down the Blackwater river stopping in every pub along the way. Every noble call. Every session. Every maudlin ballad that killed a night and every table-thumping favourite that saved one!

With John McCarthy and Gary Murphy. Written by Ronan FitzGibbon. Directed by Joe Meagher and

Produced by Sadhbh Barrett-Coakley

Our most recent production was a sell out at the glorious Callanans in Cork City Centre!

“Like a deeply etched portrait hanging on the wall of the pub.” ~ Liam Heylin, Evening Echo

(photos by Enrique Carnicero)

Levin & Levin

Directed by Veronica Coburn and Bryan Burroughs

Written by Aideen Wylde

with original music by John O’Brien (Lyrics by Ger FitzGibbon)

Starring Aideen Wylde and George Hanover

Designed by Deirdre Dwyer


The story of Ida and Bubbie, escapees from the Russian pogroms of the early 1900s. Dressed as boys to save their lives, the girls eventually become Europe’s most famous male impersonators. But on the night of their Broadway debut, disaster strikes and the Levins are forced to question everything they ever thought about everything they ever knew. With appearances from the likes of Rasputin, Freud and Hitler, Levin & Levin is a story so incredible it might just be true. Theirs is an ode to the unsung female heroes of small-time showbiz and the displaced children of the world.

The Levin Brothers made their first appearance in April of 2017 as BrokenCrow took over the Everyman Theatre (Cork) for Easter week. They then returned to the Project Arts Centre for their Dublin debut at the Dublin Fringe Festival.


Supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Fishamble New Play Clinic  and Everyman New Writers Mentoring Scheme. Presentation supported by Cork City Council.

Dark Kingdom @ Cork Midsummer Festival 2016

Directed by Eadaoin O’Donoghue

Adapted by Rosie O’Regan

Designed by Deirdre Dwyer

Featuring George Hanover, Rosie O’Regan, Aideen Wylde, Karen Kelleher, Noelle O’Regan and Damian Punch

Dark Kingdom is an adaptation by BrokenCrow of Kevin Barry’s; Ernestine and Kit and Wintersongs. BrokenCrow Theatre Company have dived into these two short stories by the award winning author, to bring to the stage a theatrical experience that exposes the uncomfortably familiar and the gloriously strange. BrokenCrow invite the audience into an unwholesome and deliciously vicious version of the Ireland they are familiar with.

Ride shot gun with the ensemble of crones, crows and boys with pesticide eyes as they pull hand brake turns through the Dark Kingdom, where hidden treasures and warnings of the mundane are revealed.

“Monstrously fabulous” Liam Heylin, Evening Echo

“Wickedly good” Chris McCormack, Exeunt Magazine


The Secret Garden @ the Everyman 2015

Written by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Directed, designed and adapted by Deirdre Dwyer.

Performed by Mary-Lou McCarthy, Nicholas Kavanagh and Julie Sharkey.

Sound Design by Chris Schmidt-Martin

BrokenCrow were delighted to present their first presentation for young as part of the Everyman Theatre’s Autumn programme. A sell out audience were treated to the premier of this new theatrical adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s well loved classic. An orphaned little girl, a hundred locked doors, a friendly robin and many secrets waiting to be told….

All took place behind the curtain on the Everyman’s stage, a trio of performers lead the small audience on an enchanting exploration of this tale of loneliness, secrets, friendship.

“Grows on you, like the seasons” Liam Murphy, Munster Express

Made possible with the support of the Cork City Arts Office

Enter Juliet @ the Everyman 2014

Written by Ronan FitzGibbon (with contributions by Ger FitzGibbon)

Directed by Gavin McEntee

It’s a matter of life or death.

Enter Juliet is a darkly comic tale of the abandoned mad. It is a riveting story of the starving and trapped, of power struggles, lunacy and the stories we tell ourselves to get through the day.

Trapped and long since forgotten, our group have fallen into a social order, an order that is challenged by one of their rank producing an ill-remembered, mongrel Shakespearean play. They perform and are rewarded with food from a hatch. So they perform again and again… and again… but the food doesn’t come. Still they cling to the hope that their patchwork play might save them but are so weak and addled that they can no longer even remember their real names.

Must the show really go on?

Ciaran Birmingham, Mark D’Aughton, Tadhg Hickey, Nicholas Kavanagh, Dominic MacHale, Dominic Moore, Eadaoin O’Donoghue and Sonya O’Donoghue.

Produced by Dawn McAllister

Lighting by Eoin Winning

Sound by Peter Power

Made possible with the support of the Arts Council

lifedeath @ SHOW 2013

Lifedeath is an absurd satire where the sands of truth and reality are constantly shifting under Thom and Carol. Beneath the veneer of a drawing room farce, a surreal psychological drama begins to unfold. Looking through the fractured lens of a dysfunctional family, Lifedeath breaks the constraints of plot, structure and character, to explore wider themes of identity, humanity and imagination.

BrokenCrow were delighted to bring to the stage our second collaboration with award winning poet Adam Wyeth. Paula McGlinchey, Chris Schmidt-Martin, Ciaran Birmingham and Aideen Wylde join BrokenCrow Ensemble member Eadaoin O’Donoghue to bring you a play that sticks a firecracker into the custard pie of existence.

“A well paced play that refuses to take itself seriously” Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner

Lifedeath went on to be performed at the Bandon Engage Festival

Bug @ the Half Moon 2013

Written by Tracey Letts

Directed by Frank Prendergast

Designed by Deirdre Dwyer

Sound by Carl Kennedy

Lighting by Eoin Winning

Produced by Irene O’Mara

An incredible psychological thriller by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts.

This gloriously paranoid rollercoaster of a play has shades of William Burroughs, with a dash of David Cronenberg and perhaps just a twist of David Lynch’s Wild At Heart.

It tells the story of the relationship between Peter and Agnes as they hold up in Agnes’s motel room and cope with a growing bug infestation, a violently abusive ex-husband, and a figure from Peter’s past who threatens to destroy the delicate fabric of the reality they have woven around themselves.

Hang Up 2013

Written by Adam Wyeth

Directed by Gavin McEntee

The phone rings. We never hear the voice on the other end of the line.

We just hear William. William taking the call. William pouring a drink. William making a noose. William walking the lines between life and death, between reality and the absurd depths of his consciousness.

Hang Up was Adam Wyeth’s first play and developed with the BrokenCrow Ensemble. This one-man, dark comedy featured Tadgh Hickey as William and was directed Ensemble member Gavin McEntee.

“Thoughtful and compelling, this short piece of work is not one that allows you off the hook.” – Rachel Andrews (Irish Theatre Magazine)

Hang Up was presented at the Home Festival, Quarter Festival, Bandon Engage Festival, Galway Theatre Festival and Electric Picnic.

Madame Chavelle Presents an Evening of Answered Questions, Intrigue, Mystery and Revelation @ Ballyvolane House 2012

Written and directed by Ronan FitzGibbon

Autumn of 2012 saw the return of Madame Chavelle to Ballyvolane House. Fine dining combined to great effect with the House’s unique atmosphere and a play designed to have the audience jumping out of their seats before being glued to them.

Set in Autumn 1919. Amidst the country’s turmoil three lost souls arrive at Ballyvolane House. They seek an audience with the mysterious Madame Chavelle. Each one has a tale to tell and an answer to find, but can she really do all she claims? Can she really speak with the dead?

Cast; Dave Coon, Evan Lordon, Frank Prendergast, George Hanover and Paula McGlinchey.
Written and Directed by Ronan FitzGibbon (Developed with Theatre Makers)
Produced by Irene O’Mara

Mantle @ the Granary 2012

Mantle performed to sell out houses in April of 2012 at the Granary Theatre. It was Ronan FitzGibbon’s second script and the company’s first full production.

Eight characters. Four stories. One room. An entire century.

Mantle brings to life and examines moments of significance, both historical and personal, in the lives of its characters, all of whom have inhabited the same Cork City house which is the imagined setting for the play. Histories resonate and collide as the stories weave around each other on the stage, individual dramas come together with choir-like effect, allowing us a sweeping view of the lives lived within these walls over the course of a century.

Cast includes: Tim Creed, Ger FitzGibbon, George Hanover, Bob Kelly, Charlie Kelly, Eadaoin O’Donoghue, Roisin O’Neill and Frank Prendergast.
Directed and produced by Julie Kelleher
Written and Designed by Ronan FitzGibbon
Developed with the BrokenCrow Ensemble

“An Ambitious Debut” – Liam Heylin, Evening Echo

Made possible with the support of the Cork City Arts Office

Dark Kingdom @ Cork Midsummer Festival 2016