11 July, 2017 //

The Good Father

It’s New Year’s Eve; a house party like any other in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past.

But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads to an unplanned pregnancy. Against all odds, can they make their newfound family a success?

Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt, moving drama charts a journey of love, loss, and redemption.

Written by Christian O’Reilly

Directed by Aonghus Óg McAnally

“An assured production, the emotional impact is there in force… Simply a wonderful play… touching, funny, and two wonderful performances. What more could you ask for?”
The Red Curtain Review

“Derbhle Crotty and Aidan Kelly created the roles initially (for Druid) so a new cast has large shoes to fill. In the Rise production at the Viking in Clontarf, the shoes fit perfectly: Rachel O’Byrne and Liam Heslin never put a foot wrong.”
Emer O’ Kelly Sunday Independent

“Both performances are first rate. Liam Heslin touches great depths in his portrait as Tim, but also hits all the humorous notes. Rachel O’Byrne has a striking stage presence and impresses as Jane, with her haughty complexity. Director Aonghus Óg McAnally catches the shape of the drama perfectly. This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theatre.”
Katy Hays The Independent

“An intimate joy and delight, courtesy of two outstanding performances in this hilariously heart warming production…Liam Heslin and Rachel O’Byrne are breathtakingly brilliant. Not to be missed.”
The Arts Review