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Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly I’m a freelance print and radio journalist based in Galway, Ireland. I write about the arts, history, and travel, and contribute to the Sunday Business Post, Irish Times, Irish Examiner and Books Ireland. I’ve written about theatre for the Sunday Business Post and Irish Theatre Magazine. I have made radio documentaries – one about the biggest table quiz in the world and one about the first surfer in Europe – for two national radio stations in Ireland: RTE and Newstalk.


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BWW Review: ONCE UPON A BRIDGE PhotoBWW Review: ONCE UPON A BRIDGE
Posted: Feb. 16, 2021


Druid starts the year with a live stream of a new play from The Mick Lally Theatre, G PhotoDruid starts the year with a live stream of a new play from The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway
Posted: Feb. 1, 2021


Druid's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Available Free to Stream on Demand PhotoDruid's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Available Free to Stream on Demand
Posted: Mar. 7, 2021


Photo Flash: First Look at Druid's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Available Free to Stream on Dem PhotoPhoto Flash: First Look at Druid's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Available Free to Stream on Demand
Posted: Mar. 18, 2021


Druid announces new production about poet Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín PhotoDruid announces new production about poet Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín
Posted: Apr. 11, 2021


MÁM, by internationally acclaimed Irish dance theatre company Teaċ Daṁsa, nominated f PhotoMÁM, by internationally acclaimed Irish dance theatre company Teaċ Daṁsa, nominated for two UK Critics' Circle National Dance Awards
Posted: May. 11, 2021


MÁM, by internationally acclaimed Irish dance theatre company Teaċ Daṁsa, nominated for two UK Critics' Circle National Dance Awards
May 11, 2021

Director and choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan has been nominated for UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography for his piece MÁM, and dancer Rachel Poirier has been nominated for the Outstanding Female Modern Performance in the piece.

Druid announces new production about poet Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín
April 11, 2021

A new Druid theatrical production, Boland: Journey of a Poet, will be live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid’s home in Galway, Ireland, from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 April. With words by Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín and directed by Garry Hynes, Boland: Journey of a Poet explores the mind of the late, great poet Eavan Boland.

Photo Flash: First Look at Druid's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Available Free to Stream on Demand
March 18, 2021

Druid has announced that audiences around the world can access a free stream of its 2020 production of The Cherry Orchard. The production forms part of Culture Ireland's SEODA festival showcasing Irish arts, which takes place online during this year's St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Druid's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Available Free to Stream on Demand
March 7, 2021

The Cherry Orchard will premiere online at Friday 19 March at 8pm GMT and will be available to stream for 36 hours.

BWW Review: ONCE UPON A BRIDGE
February 16, 2021

Sonya Kelly’s touching and kinetic Once Upon a Bridge imagines the lives of three protagonists in the leadup and aftermath of a near-tragedy on London’s Putney Bridge in 2017.

Druid starts the year with a live stream of a new play from The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway
February 1, 2021

Druid is delighted to announce the live stream of Once Upon a Bridge, a new play by Sonya Kelly. The production will be directed by Sara Joyce and will premiere at The Mick Lally Theatre in February for four performances. Audiences across Ireland and beyond can watch this new play from their own home.

BWW Review: DRUIDGREGORY at Coole Park
September 21, 2020

The most famous lines associated with the play Cathleen ní Houlihan (1902) aren’t actually in the script.

BWW Review: The last apple falls in THE CHERRY ORCHARD
March 8, 2020

It's a time of seismic change as the old order is crumbling and new values are being forged in an uncertain, fledgling society.

BWW Review: CITYSONG: Dublin's Urban Hymn
July 27, 2019

Through the lens of three generations of a Dublin family, Dylan Coburn Gray's ambitious Citysong unfolds on a single day – but ricochets between past and present – to track the momentous and the minute changes in the lives of its characters who are, ultimately, just “a pinch in the hourglass” of the city's tapestry

BWW Review: Falling Faintly on the EPIPHANY
July 20, 2019

As a dinner party haunted by absences draws to a close, Morkan, the evening's irrepressible host, stumbles to a confession. “It's just that life has felt so wobbly,” she says, pointedly avoiding eye contact with any of her guests. “I feel dislocated...exiled...and I'm not sure why... and maybe that's the world”.

Swan Lake/Loch na nEala to Embark on Extensive tour of North America
June 25, 2019

Irish dance company Teac DamsaHouse of Dance has just announced that its production of Swan Lake (or in the Irish language translation, Loch na hEala) will embark on an extensive US and Canada tour, opening the Next Wave Festival 2019 at BAM, New York, before touring to Minneapolis, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Michigan, and North Carolina for six weeks.

BWW Review: Upholstering and Redecorating The FURNITURE
July 20, 2018

'Furniture is not sentimental,' offers George, despairing at his difficulty in bequeathing his beloved chaise longue to a willing beneficiary, near the close of Sonya Kelly's scintillating new play Furniture. 'You can love it, but it won't remember who you are.'

BWW Review: Searching for Sanctuary in SHELTER
July 18, 2018

Cristín Kehoe's Shelter attempts to negotiate the knotty relationship between Ireland's turbulent past and uneasy present.

BWW Review: Stages of loss in GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS at The Black Box Theatre, Galway
March 27, 2018

“'Moving on' is for stupid people,” insists the haunted, just-bereaved Dad (Cillian Murphy) in the world premiere of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Enda Walsh's ambitions, striking, but unsatisfactory stage adaptation of Max Porter's 2016 novel.

BWW Feature: Druid Theatre launches the Marie Mullen Theatre Bursary
March 13, 2018

Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland, announces the inaugural Marie Mullen Bursary, open to female theatre artists working in Ireland in the fields of design, directing and dramaturgy.

BWW Review: Longing for an heir to the throne in KING OF THE CASTLE
October 6, 2017

A stark exploration of inheritance, home, and the legacy of Ireland's post-Famine mindset, Eugene McCabe's unsettling, overlooked King of the Castle is imaginatively revived in Druid Theatre's production.

BWW Review: Decadent Distills An Explosive PUMPGIRL
July 29, 2017

With sparkling assurance, Abbie Spallen's Pumpgirl splices comedy and tragedy.

BWW Review: Surviving The CRESTFALL
July 22, 2017

In a dystopian landscape charged with searing verbal aggression, sustained horror, and gratuitous violence, Crestfall unfolds on the day when the lives of Olive, Alison, and Tilly fatefully intersect.  

BMW Review: Crowning Grotesques in The Beauty Queen of Leenane
September 27, 2016

Twenty years after it premiered The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the debut work of unknown playwright Martin McDonagh, Druid Theatre Company is restaging the play that catapulted them and its author to international acclaim.

BMW Review: Searching for Identity in HELEN AND I
September 19, 2016

Debut playwright Meadhbh McHugh tackles traditional themes of home, identity, and duty in Druid's world premiere of Helen and I.



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