Sunday Morning Coming Down is a West of Ireland rural Play set in the small town of Ballinrobe, Co.Mayo. It centres around the McGuire family and their often comic attempts to perform as a functional family in a house dominated by alcohol, religion and social pressures. John and Chris are brothers but live very different lives. John has just returned from a six month teaching placement in Italy but Chris has remained in the town to work in a slaughterhouse. Their divergent lifestyles become apparent through their conversations and attitudes toward alcohol. Joe, their father, is the gravedigger and  alcoholic that’s married to Theresa. Their marriage is a struggle at best and Joe often outperforms even the worst type of ageing Irish drinker. John is convinced he’s only home for a week and will be out of the tension soon, but Sharon, his ex-girlfriend, arrives back on the scene to set doubts in his mind.

At times fiercely funny, yet dark, and others sharply poignant and sad, this Play offers enough ingredients to set the stage for a feast of drama and a thundering climax that ought to resonate with audiences from every walk of life for a very long time.



Father – Joe McGuire (51)

Mother – Theresa McGuire (49)

Son – Chris McGuire  (29)

Son -John McGuire (27)

John’s girlfriend – Sharon O’Neill (26)

Nosey Neighbour Martin O’Hare (45)



Sunday Morning Coming Down was chosen by Druid as part of their Debut Series for New Writing in July 2009. It sold out to great success at the Galway International Arts Festival and the Playwright, Mick Donnellan, went on to produce the Play himself in March 2011. Directed by Mick, the Play immediately sold out the Town Hall Studio Galway for five nights on its first run. Following that, the crew brought the Play to County Mayo, selling out Lisloughrey Lodge, Cong, The Valkenburg Niteclub, Ballinrobe, and the Linenhall Theatre in Castlebar. It returned to enjoy large audiences on the main stage of  Galway’s Town Hall and then went on a national tour covering – Glor Ennis (County Clare)  St. John’s Theatre, Listowel (County Kerry), Cork Arts Theatre (County Cork) and finished with a sold out run at The New Theatre, Dublin.


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