God Bless The Child – First Confessions are the hardest!

Date/Time: 8:00PM, June 28th to July 2nd
Venue: Cork Opera House
Admission: €23 & €27*

*Booking fee may apply.

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June 28 | June 29 | June 30 | July 1 | July 2


Patrick Talbot Productions

God Bless the Child
First Confessions are the hardest!

The acclaimed play based on stories by Frank O Connor
Adapted for the stage and directed by Patrick Talbot

Following a hugely successful national tour in 2015, which included runs at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, The Lyric Theatre Belfast and The Everyman in Cork, the critically acclaimed God Bless the Child now visits Cork Opera House for the first time.


‘O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage.’

**** The Observer

‘A thoroughly enjoyable parcelling of three of Ireland’s best short stories’

**** The Irish Times


The childhood stories of Frank O Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Three of the funniest: First Confession, My Oedipus Complex and The Genius have been brought together within a single full-length play. Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless the Child is a must see.


Starring: Ciaran Bermingham, Shane Casey & Gary Murphy

Set Design: Jim Queally

Lighting Design: Paul Denby

Costume Design: Mary Newman

Sound Design: Cormac O Connor


‘Clearly a labour of love…..this play is a moving tribute to one of Ireland’s best writers’ 



‘I don’t often wax lyrical about a theatre production but God Bless the Child is something I would urge you to see…..it is a delightful theatre event’



‘Patrick Talbot’s delightful dramatization of Frank O Connor’s short stories……..works to perfection’



‘There is an overwhelming indignant charm in O Connor’s child voice….Patrick Talbot has kept that voice alive in his adaptation and has directed his actors so that their wide-eyed innocence would break the proverbial heart of stone’



‘God Bless the Child is such an enjoyable experience that it will stick in your mind long after you leave the theatre’

****Public Reviews.Com


‘God Bless the Child is a must………Patrick Talbot’s direction and his adaptation of the stories…..makes for an outstanding night of theatre’



‘This adaptation is a reminder of the quality of Frank O Connor’s wonderful writing. The greatest achievement of the piece is that it takes some celebrated short stories and presents them not as a dusted off museum piece but as a cohesive piece of theatre with flesh and blood characters’



‘Ciaran Bermingham not only hilariously inhabits Jackie in First Confession but transforms brilliantly into Michael’s beleaguered father in My Oedipus Complex and Larry’s simpering mother in The Genius’



‘You will come away from God Bless the Child still thinking about it for days after’

****Love Belfast

‘It was such a pleasure, like a return to childhood simplicity………… and a delight to hear the rich language provoke gales of laughter’




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