Mother of all the Behans
Mother of All The Behans Returns this Summer
at Everyman Cork & 3Olympia Theatre in 2024
Starring Imelda May
Following her sensational and sold out performances last summer
From the book by Brian Behan
Adapted & directed for the stage by Peter Sheridan
Additional material by Rosaleen Linehan
Following sold out performances and an extended run due to phenomenal demand last summer, Mother Of All The Behans, starring Imelda May, will make a highly anticipated return this Summer to Everyman Cork & Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre for a limited run only from 30 July to 10 August & 12th -18th August 2024.
Everyman Cork Tickets from €31 from everymancork.com
3Olympia Tickets from €21.50 including booking fee from ticketmaster.ie
The Irish Times ★★★★ Hot Press ★★★★★ Daily Mail ★★★★ The Arts Review ★★★★
Join Imelda May for an evening of songs & stories celebrating the life of Brendan’s Mammy. Mother of All the Behans is the story of his ‘inspirational’ mother Kathleen, a fascinating record of a remarkable life. Inspired by the songs and stories handed down through generations, this retelling is an entertaining journey through the social history of Dublin and the Behan family history.
Speaking about the announcement Imelda May said: “I’m over the moon to get to reprise my role of Brendan Behans extraordinary mother Kathleen in Peter Sheridan’s incredible one woman play Mother Of All the Behans. I hold Kathleen’s story very close to my heart as I do all the women’s stories that have shaped the world but are too often unspoken about.
Everyman Theatre, Cork Tues 30th July to Sat 10th August
Book here: everymancork.com
3Olympia Theatre, Dublin: Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 August 2024
Book here: https://www.3olympia.ie/whats-on/mother-of-all-the-behans
The Irish Times ★★★★
The whole makes for a highly entertaining evening, with the audience clearly enjoying both story and song.
the singer’s voice: clear and pure, characterful, humorous, by turns powerful and gentle.
May, thrown in at the deep end in her first theatrical role, displays comic timing and an eye for bringing characters to life, often humorously.
Hot Press ★★★★★
Imelda carries all of this drama off brilliantly. She manages the conversational tone of the writing superbly. The jokes land, and there is laughter on and off throughout. Catch it if you can.
Daily Mail ★★★★
If Kathleen Behan was around today, there’s no doubt she would approve….for a stage debut…this was certainly something to witness
The Arts Review ★★★★
it’s all rather magical. Taking your breath away a little… a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman
Huge respect to May for taking on this challenge
Photo’s by Ros Kavanagh
Set & Costume Design by Louise Dunne
Lighting Design by Barry McKinney