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Sat, 20:00

The Mental

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Sat 20 October 2018
20:00 - 21:30

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Birr Theatre and Arts Centre,
Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

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concessions: €14.00


Following the success of their tour with Leonard Cohen’s Between Your Love and Mine, Mend & Makedo Theatre Co. return with a new play, The Mental.


This is the third play in John MacKenna's Barrow Trilogy (Lucinda Sly in 2014; Corner Boys in 2016).  The Mental is a heartwarming, beautiful and lifeenhancing play about one man's courage, love and belief. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, The Mental uncovers the history of John Salter, a man who has spent forty years in psychiatric care – a history littered with disappointment, hope and optimism, a life that is a beacon to us all.


Writer JOHN MacKENNA is the author of nineteen books; ten stage plays (including Who By Fire; Breathless; Lucinda Sly; Corner Boys; Sergeant Pepper and Redemption Song); four radio plays, and is a frequent and hugely popular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ. He has voiced more than a hundred TV documentaries and has toured widely with Mend & Makedo Theatre Company.


Sat 20 Oct at 8pm • €16/€14 (Running time 80mins)



Key event information


  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible