Maeve Binchy's

Aches & Pains

Adapted by Shay Linehan 


Friday 4th October, 7.30pm

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre


Admission (SOLD OUT)

Tickets €17.50 + booking fee 


Directed by Margaret Dunne

Starring: Michael Heavey and Margaret Toomey

Post-show  Talkback: Conall Morrison discusses the challenges of adapting other writers’ work for stage with Evelyn O’Rourke of RTÉ.


In Aches and Pains , Maeve offers hilarious advice on:  baring your body; motivating the patient in the next bed; how to give up drink and many more unique and ‘Maeviously’ wonderful perspectives on life.

​The late Shay Linehan captured the essence of Maeve’s book in this sensitive, laugh-out-loud adaptation.  The play is set in a recuperation ward where two post-operative ‘hippies’, Ann and Stan, try to figure out the best way to tackle life, armed only with a plastic hip and a positive attitude.

“ …this is Maeve at her wisest, funniest, most tongue-in-cheek”

Margaret Toomey

Michael Heavey

Post-Show Talkback:

The play will be followed by Conall Morrison, leading theatre director, discussing the challenges of adapting other writers’ work for stage, referencing his own and Shay’s adaptations with Evelyn O’Rourke of RTÉ.

Conall has directed twenty shows for the Abbey and Peacock theatres, and directed for the Royal Shakespeare Co, The National Theatre, The Globe Theatre, the Lyric Theatre, and Cameron Mackintosh.
His production The Travels of Jonathan Swift, adapted from Swift's work, for the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company has just opened in Sligo. 

The performance is in honour of Shay Linehan who sadly left this world on June 20th 2019. 

Conall Morrison 

Evelyn O’Rourke