Comedy / Performance / Theatre / 21-25 March 2023

Welcome to Ireland – Meltdown of an Irish Tour Guide

Tickets: €16/18

Age suitability 16+

Show Time: 7:45pm (2:45pm Matinée on Sat 25th) Duration 70 mins

Ah feckit all! Jack is a disgruntled Irish tour guide trying to keep his head above water while in danger of losing his home. By day he sells ‘Brand Ireland’ to tourists from far and wide with enchanting tales of ceol and craic; by night, he faces the threat of eviction from his chronically damp Capel Street flat, feeling the floor falling from under his feet, with no hope of escape.

Welcome To Ireland – Meltdown of an Irish Tour Guide is too topical for comfort, confronting Ireland’s rental crisis and how one man battles to keep afloat in a city sinking under greed. A story told with humour, passion, truth and a comically unfiltered mind.


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Written and Performed by Jack Walsh
Directed by Deirdre Molloy
Set Design by Fibs Porto
Lighting Design by Sophie Cassidy
Stage Management by Marella Boschi
Produced by Connor Dudley-Fergus
Production Assistant Kellie Donnelly


Jack Walsh – Writer and Performer
Jack Walsh’s theatre credits includes Arrah-na-Pogue (Abbey Theatre), Metamorphosis and Arturo Ui (Lyric, Belfast) The Duchess of Malfi (Project Arts Centre), Poor Superman (Project @ The Mint), The Borrowers (Helix), Puckoon (Leicester Square Theatre). An honourable mention goes to the chicken he played in Tarry Flynn, directed by Conall Morrisson at the Abbey, which he considers his Hamlet.

Screen work includes Vikings and Vikings: Valhalla, The Northman, Wrecking the Rising, Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes, Killinaskully, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, The Escapist, Fair City, Dispensary of Death.

Jack trained at the Focus Stanislavsky Studio and L’Ecole de Mimodrame de Paris, Marcel Marceau.

Deirdre Molloy – Biog Jan 2023 – WTI – Director

Deirdre’s directing credits include Baggage by Nicole Rourke, Raven and The Crone, Boy Child, Ruby Tuesday, THISISPOPBABY’s first show Danny and Chantelle (Still Here) – winner of Spirit of the Fringe Award 2007, The Stuff Of Myth – a musical for Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, Car Show 2 for Corn Exchange, Love 2.0 for THISISPOPBABY and Acledama. She was assistant director on Gerard Stembridge’s The Gay Detective and Rough Magic’s first production of Pentecost.

An ex-member of Dublin Youth Theatre, Deirdre has directed and facilitated extensively in Youth Drama including Show Me Love, and DYT’s Big Show 2016. She devised and directed Wake Up Sleeping Beauties and directed Red Ball for Dublin Youth Theatre. For Waterford Youth Arts, she directed I’m Just a Girl… What the F**k Would I Know? in August 2022 and The Pilgrimage (chosen from 150 productions to play at Royal National Theatre, London as part of BT Connections Festival). She has facilitated on Calipo Theatre and Picture Company’s Sharp Focus film project and has worked as project manager on numerous events for Youth Theatre Ireland including NYT and their annual National Festival of Youth Theatres.

As an actor, Deirdre has performed throughout Ireland and the UK, most recently in Unmanageable Sisters, Dear Ireland, Hedda Gabbler, Sive and The Plough and the Stars at The Abbey. Her film and TV credits include KIN, Adam and Paul, Rialto, Intermission, Happy Ever Afters, Soft Sand Blue Sea, After ’68, Fair City and Radio Waves. She is a regular voiceover artist and has appeared in numerous radio plays for Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, RTE and BBC NI.

Deirdre has also worked extensively behind the scenes on many of Ireland’s top festivals including Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Waterford Harvest Festival, Body & Soul, Electric Picnic and Vodafone Comedy Festival. She produced THISISPOPBABY’s hit show RIOT for Dublin Fringe 2016, Vicar Street 2017 & 2018 and their world tour and has produced a number of award-winning shows on national tours including How To Square A Circle and Looking Deadly.


Supported by Dublin City Council.

Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.


Age suitability 16+

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