Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

A Devised Reworking of King Lear “O matter and impertinency mixed! Reason in madness!”

Lear is not having a good week. A storm is brewing and he’s running with the wolves. He’s old, he’s cold and his daughters aren’t talking to him. You can’t rule the world, if you can’t remember where your shoes are.In this kingdom when you’re old and grey, suddenly, you’re in the way.

Run of the Mill Theatre collaborated with the participants of Pathways Programme, St. John of Gods Liffey Region to present a unique exploration and reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear, created and performed by the Run of the Mill ensemble. Exploring themes of aging, vulnerability, mental health, power and responsibility, Reason in Madness was a colourful, evocative and unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging pieces. 


Cast – Mark Smith, Jane Ryan, Ella-Jane Moore, Michelle Brennan, Wesley Fairbrother, Maurice Coll, John Egan, Paul O’ Neill, Kate Bauer, Sean McParland, Bert Coster, Conor Begley, Florina Conroy, Neil Coffey, Aine Gibbons, Aisling Coyne, Angela Brennan, Karen O’ Reilly,Teresa Flood, David Cahill, Sarah Bolger, Eileen Campbell


Director Aisling Byrne

Set and Light Design Ciaran O’ Melia

Dramaturg Oonagh Murphy

Sound Design Susie Birmingham

Costume Design Kate Bauer

Production and Stage Management Ellen Gorman

Assisted by Jeanine Scanlon, Cassie Collins, Clare Feely

Stage Visuals Sean Cunningham

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