Mother of all the Behans

Mother of all the Behans

From the book by Brian Behan Adapted & directed for the stage by Peter Sheridan

Join Imelda May for an evening of songs & stories celebrating the life of Brendan’s Mammy. To mark the centenary of the birth of Brendan Behan, this new production of 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.

Mermaid Arts Centre: 10-11-12 August 2023

3Olympia Theatre, Dublin: 15-26 August 2023

Review quotes: Mother of all the Behan’s

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

Irish Independent

Huge respect to May for taking on this challenge

Photo’s by Ros Kavanagh

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Set & Costume Design by Louise Dunne

Lighting Design by Barry McKinney

Sound Design by Terry Heron