Tarry Flynn by Patrick Kavanagh

Set in Cavan in the 1930s, Tarry Flynn tells the story of Tarry, a farmer poet, and his quest for big fields, young women and the meaning of life. His sensibility is torn between two impulses: the poetic and the libidinous. We follow his adventures as he uncovers the beauty in every aspect of nature and farm life, all the while keeping up his desperate campaign to get a kiss.

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Tarry Flynn

“Tarry was sitting closer than ever he had sat to a girl before. And it was the girl he had dreamt of. He was terribly unhappy.”

Nomad Theatre Network and Livin’ Dred Theatre present a re-imagined production of the well-loved Irish play, Tarry Flynn, touring to venues around the country early next year. 

Set in 1930’s Cavan, Tarry Flynn tells the hilarious story of the farmer, poet and lover-from-afar, and his quest for big fields, young women and the meaning of life. Tarry’s adventures uncover the beauty in every aspect of nature and farm life, while he seeks to keep up his desperate campaign to woo the local girls. Or at least have a roll in the hay!

One of Ireland’s most-loved poets, Patrick Kavanagh’s novel Tarry Flynn is hugely popular with Irish audiences, with its themes of sexual politics, isolation, poetry, farming, and our relationship with the land. 

With a large-scale cast, Kavanagh’s seminal work, adapted for stage by Conall Morrison, is given dynamic new life under the direction of award-winning Aaron Monaghan, in an ambitious, imaginative and highly-physicalised staging, with actors playing a multitude of characters – and animals – throughout. 

The hilarious and energetic new production of Tarry Flynn promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year. 

  • Running Time: TBC

  • Age Guidance: Suitable for children

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Upcoming Programme

Livin’ Dred has re-forged its partnership with the venues it has worked closely with in the past fifteen years, particularly with the Nomad and Nasc Touring Networks, and has committed of touring yearly. We have also set ourselves the task of bringing our work to Dublin more regularly by establishing close relationships with The Abbey Theatre, Axis Ballymun and Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire.

The company plans, over the next three years, to undertake a Programme of Forgotten Gems and New Writing. In continuing its commitment to bring old and new work, that speaks to and about our audience and our region, Livin’ Dred has envisioned a programme of work that focusses on two main strands:

Forgotten Gems

Great established plays from the Classical Irish Canon, that have been forgotten or over-looked in the past decade.

New Writing

An initiative that aims to bring young, new dynamic voices to the company.

“I think theatre in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves live performance.”

AARON MONAGHAN | LIVIN' DRED
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Tour Dates

Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn home to the Townhall Cavan for three nights in March.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to the Riverbank Theatre for two nights in March.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to the Hawk’s Well Theatre for two nights in March.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to the Backstage Theatre for two nights in March.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to the Roscommon Arts Centre for two nights in March.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to the Mullingar Arts Centre for two nights in March.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to the Pavilion Theatre for two nights in April.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to An Grianan for two nights in April.

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Tarry Flynn

Livin’ Dred bring Patrick Kavanagh’s award-winning Tarry Flynn to Droichead Arts Centre for two nights in April.

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