Theatre / 30 April - 16 May 2015


Tickets: 18/16

All tickets Tuesday 5 May just €10

Show Time: 8.00pm

Matinee 9 & 16 May 2.30pm €14
Can we ever know what goes on inside other people’s lives? And do we really want to?
Acclaimed playwright Ross Dungan (The Life and Sort of Death of Eric ArgyleReckoners) teams up with director Ben Kidd (Lippy, Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013) for Before Monsters Were Made, a new thriller about loyalty, lies and love.
David is a man struggling to hold together his marriage when the small town he lives in is rocked by the sudden, untimely death of a local girl. As details are uncovered, rumours and talk take hold of the town, and it starts to force David to revisit old memories.
Set in 1960s Ireland, Before Monsters Were Made is the story of how a few small words can have a very big impact. When suspicion and old stories start to spread like a virus, how well do we know the people we trust the most?
Post-Show Discussion
7 May: Meet the Cast and Creative Team


Written by Ross Dungan
Directed by Ben Kidd
Sound Design and Composition by Alma Kelliher
Lighting and Set Design by Zia Holly
Costume and Props by Fern McCauley
Produced by Matt Smyth
Cast: Janice Byrne, Peter Coonan, Lorcan Cranitch, Orla Fitzgerald, Manus Halligan, Zena Donnelly and Ava McKevitt
Ross Dungan (writer) is a graduate of the Advanced Playwriting Course in Trinity College Dublin, taught by Marina Carr. He is/was one-third of the hugely successful Irish sketch comedy group A Betrayal of Penguins, who had hugely successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe for the past two years. Ross’ recent  theatrical writing work includes Minute After Midday (Scotsman Fringe First Winner – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, Project Arts Centre 2011); The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, Dublin Fringe Festival 2012); Reckoners (April 2014). He also writes for television: Fair City (RTE, 2009-2014), Roy (BBC/RTE, 2013-4), The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (IFB Film Adaptation, in development).
Ben Kidd (director) is a founder member of Dead Centre, and co-creator of the Irish Times Award winning Lippy. Other recent directing work includes the critically acclaimed Headlong production of Spring Awakening which toured the UK. Also in the UK, he has directed at the Young Vic and Salisbury Playhouse.


Supported by the Arts Council.
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Duration: 2 hr incl. 15 min interval

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