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My Dad’s Blind – National Tour (audio description)

3 - 28 Sep 2019 (Past)

Civic Theatre, Tallaght - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th September
Town Hall Theatre - 11th September
VISUAL, Carlow - 12th September
Ballina Arts Centre - 18th September
Wexford Arts Centre - 19th September
Ramor Theatre, Virginia - 20th September
glór, Ennis - 24th September
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny - 26th September
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny - 28th September

My Dad’s Blind by Anna Sheils-McNamee
In association with Pan Pan Theatre Company
Supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Fighting Blindness and NCBI

Centering on a dysfunctional relationship between a blind father and his sighted daughter, My Dad’s Blind uses audio recordings, irreverent comedy and real life memories to explore a father daughter relationship and all the awkward, embarrassing and ridiculous ways they struggle to navigate a sighted world with a guide dog that’s just had a stroke.

Starring Steve Blount (Game of Thrones – HBO/Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope – RTÉ/Minding Frankie – Breda Cashe Productions) and Anna Sheils-McNamee (Vikings – HISTORY/The Importance of Nothing – Pan Pan Theatre Comapny) Directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley

Artist Statement
Growing up people told me my Dad was “amazing”, which didn’t make any sense to me. He’s pretty boring – he works a 9-5 and watches Coronation Street in the evenings. I soon realised they were only saying this because he was blind. I wrote this play in response to that. However, this show ain’t no Ted Talk! Imagine Lauren from The Catherine Tate show (“…am I bothered…”) was a Kardashian and grew up with an epileptic guide dog – then you’ll be closer to the tone of this show.

“…at its core lies an astringent comic sensibility and a lively theatrical imagination, brought to life by the energetic performers. All in all, a singular vision of a potentially difficult subject…” ★★★★ – The Irish Times

“…feels more authentic than anything this reviewer has seen at the Fringe in years…” ★★★★ – The Reviews Hub

National Tour Dates
30th and 31st July – Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage
3rd – 7th September – Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24*
11th September – Town Hall Theatre, Galway *
12th September – VISUAL, Carlow*
18th September – Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo*
19th September – Wexford Arts Centre*
20th September – Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co Cavan*
24th September – glór, Ennis, Co Clare*
26th September – Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny*
28th September – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal*

*Audio Description is provided by Arts & Disability Ireland on these dates. Audio Description on the national tour is sponsored by Fighting Blindness. Fighting Blindness fund world-leading research into treatments and cures for blindness, while caring for people and families through counselling and peer to peer support services.


audio described tour
Ballina Arts Centre
Civic Theatre
My Dad's Blind
Ramor Theatre
Town Hall Theatre
Watergate Theatre
Wexford Arts Centre