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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Swan Lake/Loch na nEala to Embark on Extensive tour of North AmericaSwan Lake/Loch na nEala to Embark on Extensive tour of North America
Posted: Jun. 25, 2019


BWW Review: Falling Faintly on the EPIPHANYBWW Review: Falling Faintly on the EPIPHANY
Posted: Jul. 20, 2019


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.

BWW Review: Waiting Never Felt So Good in WAITING FOR GODOT
July 18, 2016

“Nothing happens,” thunders Estragon, “nobody comes, nobody goes – it's awful!” We are, of course, in the existential nowhere of Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett's modern masterpiece, which flings metaphysical anguish up against slapstick comedy.

BWW Review: Grieving for the dead in ARLINGTON [A LOVE STORY]
July 15, 2016

Fresh from co-writing the musical play Lazarus with David Bowie, the awards-laden Irish dramatist Enda Walsh presents the world premiere of his latest work: Arlington [a love story].

BWW Review: Bursting the Dam of Loneliness in THE WEIR
June 25, 2016

Four local men gather in a forgotten pub in a remote part of Ireland and attempt to impress an outsider, a young woman newly-arrived to the area, with their ghost stories, but she delivers a haunting story of loss that devastates them.

BWW Review: Consecrating Childhood Confusions in Frank O'Connor's GOD BLESS THE CHILD
June 8, 2016

On the 50th anniversary of the death of the acclaimed Irish short story writer Frank O'Connor, God Bless the Child fuses three of his works into a largely successful stage adaptation.