Play 4, 2013

Alone It Stands

by John Breen

directed by Leo Bradley


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When you're playing the best team in the world
and you've absolutely no hope, there's only one thing to do...

The Play

"Alone It Stands" is a riotous comedy about the 1978 rugby union match at Thomond Park between Irish provincial side Munster and the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. A multitude of stories interlink to convey the hype and, indeed, the nervousness running up to and during the big match.
Stories of birth, tragedy and building bonfires prevail, as the play charts the personal tales of various characters and their whereabouts on the momentous day.

In the play the actors play 62 roles at a breakneck speed, including the Munster team, the Kiwis, the two coaches, the ref, the crowd, the press, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog.

The Playwright

John Breen is a playwright from Limerick, Ireland.

His other well-known play is Charlie, a work on Charles Haughey, the former Irish Taoiseach, who visits a small farmer in County Mayo on his way from launching what was to become the Céide Fields project. As the two men talk, Haughey's remarkable rise and fall is acting out in flashback around them.

John now resides in an environmentally friendly home just outside Ballina in County Mayo. He also established Yew Tree Theatre Company in Ballina and has been involved with the Mayo Youth Theatre group and has had big involvement with the Ballina Street and Arts Festival.


As a designer of sets and costumes, Leo has been involved in Theatre for many years. He has become known for the innovative set design of shows such as Oklahoma! (2001), Fiddler on the Roof (2002) , The Shifting Heart (2005) and Secret Bridesmaid's Business (2005). Other memorable designs were the hysterically funny costumes for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) and the Regency costumes for The Busybody (2003). Leo was the director of the acclaimed productions of As You Like It (2004) and Over the Top with Jim by Hugh Lunn (2006).  

He has been a keen supporter and member of VPs, appearing on stage in Away (1993), Snapshots from Home (2002), 'Allo, 'Allo (2003) , Wuthering Heights (2009) and as the Inspector in An Inspector Calls (2010). Leo also directed  Summer Wonderland in 2011.


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