My Dad’s Blind embarks on Irish tour

The winner of Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2018 is coming to the Abbey Theatre as part of The Young Curators Festival, ahead of a national tour.

Centering on a dysfunctional relationship between a blind father and his sighted daughter, My Dad’s Blind uses audio recordings, irreverent comedy and real life memories to explore a father daughter relationship and all the awkward, embarrassing and ridiculous ways they struggle to navigate a sighted world with a guide dog that’s just had a stroke.

Starring Steve Blount (Game of Thrones – HBO/Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope – RTÉ/Minding Frankie – Breda Cashe Productions) and Anna Sheils-McNamee (Vikings – HISTORY/The Importance of Nothing – Pan Pan Theatre Comapny) Directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley.

Artist’s Statement:

Growing up people told me my Dad was “amazing”, which didn’t make any sense to me.  He’s pretty boring – he works a 9-5 and watches Coronation Street in the evenings.  I soon realised they were only saying this because he was blind.  I wrote this play in response to that.  However, this show ain’t no Ted Talk! Imagine Lauren from The Catherine Tate show (“…am I bothered…”) was a Kardashian and grew up with an epileptic guide dog – then you’ll be closer to the tone of this show.

 “…at its core lies an astringent comic sensibility and a lively theatrical imagination, brought to life by the energetic performers. All in all, a singular vision of a potentially difficult subject…” ★★★★ – The Irish Times

“…feels more authentic than anything this reviewer has seen at the Fringe in years…” ★★★★ – The Reviews Hub

My Dad’s Blind Trailer:


30th and 31st July – Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage as part of the Young Curators Festival

3rd – 7th September – Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24*

11th September – Town Hall Theatre, Galway *

12th September – VISUAL, Carlow*

18th September – Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo*

19th September – Wexford Arts Centre*

20th September – Ramor, Virginia, Co Cavan*

24th September – glór, Ennis, Co Clare*

26th September – Watergate, Kilkenny*

28th September – An Grainan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal*


*Audio Description Available. Audio Description on the national tour is sponsored by Fighting Blindness.