Maloney’s Dream / Brionglóid Maloney

Maloney’s Dream / Brionglóid Maloney


Branar is delighted to present a family-friendly show for audiences aged years 8 and  upwards  called Maloney’s Dream.

Set in 1916 with the Rising in the background, Maloney’s Dream is a family-friendly action-packed, bi-lingual show full of live music, physical theatre and puppetry.

Suitable for all audiences aged 8 and upwards, this is a captivating story of how one man’s dream collided with the birth of a nation. Thaddeus Maloney returns home to Ireland to realise his dream of opening a new hotel on Easter Monday 1916 on Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) clashes with another major event in Irish history – The Rising. This is a story of hope and of the strength of the human spirit in times  of adversity.  Using diary entries and recorded personal accounts, the show explores the impact the Rising had on the lives of ordinary people and introduces audiences to the history that shaped our country.

Branar is one of one of the country’s leading lights in children’s theatre. If you do one thing to commemorate 1916, see this lively and imaginative blend of physical theatre, storytelling, music and puppetry.

The show  opened in April 2016 at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway and then toured to 11 venues nationwide, with 45 performance over 7 weeks. Almost 8000 people saw Maloney’s Dream. It received a 4 star review from Sara Keating at The Irish Times.

Maloney’s Dream Website 2016 

Audiences can also connect with the show long before they come to the theatre through Branar’s interactive website featuring videos, images and resources. It brings this period in our history to life and provides a snapshot of the life of a child in 1916. Trinity College, Dublin and the Bodleian Library, Oxford have chosen to archive this site, which was a privilege for us.

For more information about the show and the site, plus a full list the venues please visit the dedicated website here Maloney’s Dream.

6 – 9 April | Galway | Town Hall Theatre
12 April Sligo | Hawk’s Well Theatre
14 – 15 April | Roscommon Arts Centre
18 – 19 April | Castlebar  | Linenhall Arts Centre
21 – 23 April | Limerick | Lime Tree Theatre
26 April | Dublin | Civic Theatre, Tallaght
28 – 30 April | Dublin | Draoícht, Blanchardstown
4 May | Dún Laoghaire | Pavilion
6 – 7 May | Dublin | Axis Ballymun
10 May | Clifden | Clifden Station House
12 – 14 May | Newbridge | Riverbank Arts Centre
18 – 19 May | Bray | Mermaid Arts Centre

Presented in association with Roscommon Arts Centre.

Creative Team

Director | Marc Mac Lochlainn
Performers | Miquel Barcelo | Michael Chang | Jonathan Gunning | Helen Gregg | Grace Kiely | Zita Monahan
Set Design | Maeve Clancy
Lighting Design | Adam Fitzsimons
Costume Design | Miriam Donohue
Composer | Michael Chang
Dramaturg | Eileen Gibbons

Set build and technical: Ciaran Kelly

Production Details

Ages: 8 years & upwards
Running time: 70 mins

Technical requirements –  Maloneys-Dream-Generic-LX-Plan-1.pdf (192 downloads)

Production Images


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