Livin’ Dred

Theatre Company Presents




Written by Mark Doherty

Directed by Aaron Monaghan


Comes to The Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan.

16 January 2020


Booking on 049-47074 or

Tickets: €20/18 Booking fee may apply.

Start: 8pm





 A poignant, absurd and hilarious tale of a 100-year-old Irishman... and his father.


“There’s a child belonging to me wandering around out there for seventy years and I never met him. I’ve a trip left in me… Get me leg!”


Mark Doherty’s award-winning TRAD tells the hilarious story of Thomas and his father who set out to discover the son they never knew he had. Featuring live traditional Irish music, and directed by renowned actor Aaron Monaghan, TRAD is a side-splitting, heart-warming rural saga from the excellent Livin’ Dred Theatre Company.


Here's Aaron talking TRAD in 2019


Trad is a highly authentic and original Irish comedy, slightly absurd and wickedly funny. It is the story of a 100-year-old man and his father who live in a remote rural Irish parish. Da (played by Emmet Kirwan) and Son (played by Seamus O’Rourke) are the last of their lineage, until they discover that Son has a 70-year old son. Together, Da and Son set out to discover the son they never knew he had. On their travels Da and Son encounter two other characters both played by Clare Barrett, Fr. Rice and Sal.


Trad is heartbreakingly sad at times, but mostly hilarious. This heartwarming saga is accompanied by two live traditional Irish musicians who bring even more atmosphere to the play and stage.



Livin’ Dred theatre company is based out of the Ramor Theatre in Virginia, in Co. Cavan. Aaron Monaghan, an award winning actor has recently taken over as Artistic Director and this will be his first production with the company, in a directing role. Mark Doherty, who wrote the play, had huge success at the Galway Arts Festival in 2004 and this is the first time since then the play has been produced. With this exciting tour and stellar cast, Livin’ Dred taking Trad is to a whole new audience and generation.


'Profoundly moving and memorable'
The Guardian

'Thoughtful, charming and polished'
British Theatre Guide

Running time: 70 mins.



Gus McDonagh – Da


Seamus O’Rourke – Son


Clare Barrett – Fr. Rice & Sal.


Livin’ Dred are proud to announce that they have an all-female design team working on Trad.



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