Mother of all the Behans

Mother of all the Behans

Returns in August 2024 ★★★★★ Hot Press ★★★★ The Irish Times

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

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