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We are doing a brand new live radio comedy show at Tiger Dublin Fringe

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Thrilled, excited and a bit giddy to announce that our resident sketch troupe, The Brownbread Players, will be doing an original new comedy show at this year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe. The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú is written by Kalle Ryan, and features a dream team of actors: Eva Bartley, Gus McDonagh and Sean McDonagh (+ Kalle himself), as well as experienced theatre director John Morton, who will be on hand to direct proceedings.

Ireland. The near future. It’s a quiet weekday night. You sit down and tune in to Radio 1 to listen to your favourite arts and opinion show, The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú: a playback revue of the best and worst Irish radio of the past week, hosted by Ireland’s favourite self-important presenter.

A brand new live comedy radio play in the tradition of The Goons and Scrap Saturday.

Four actors perform all 71 characters, as well as every jingle, sound effect and commercial.

A show unlike any other you’ve seen. Or heard.

Tickets are selling extremely fast here, with both nights almost sold out already, so grab one while you can! Hope to see some of you there. It’s going to be a really special show.

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Brownbread Mixtape at Electric Picnic 2016


We are back at the Electric Picnic once again and will be gracing The Word stage at Mindfield with our fun-filled shows on both Saturday 3rd Sept and Sunday 4th. Joining us will be some of the finest wordsmiths this country has to offer, former All Ireland Slam Poetry champion John Cummins, Appalachian poet extraordinaire Erin Fornoff, and tour-de-force storyteller Paul Timoney. Also gracing the stage will be legendary singer songwriter, activist and arts curator Gary Dunne, who will be sharing some of his finely crafted songs. We will also have some of our trademark comedy, singalong moments and the alternative national anthem. All ably kept bubbling along by our resident songmeister Enda Roche and MC extraordinaire Kalle Ryan. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for more details on stage times as soon as we have them.

the brownbread mixtape:
“a fun, freewheeling atmosphere featuring a blend of Scrap Saturday-style comedy sketches, poetry and music” – The Irish Times

gary dunne:
‘‘The reason I use a loop pedal now is ‘cos I saw Gary Dunne use a loop pedal. I was was just blown away.– Ed Sheeran

john cummins:
zen-master of language…part rapper, part poet, all artist.” – Lingo Festival

paul timoney:
“Paul’s storytelling is the stuff of dreams. – hilarious, vivacious and just the right amount of eccentric.” – Milk & Cookies

erin fornoff:
“One of the top performance poets in Ireland” – Irish Independent

kalle ryan:
“… there is the feeling you felt at punk gigs in 1977 of no separation between performer and audience.” – Dermot Bolger



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The Brownbread Mixtape – July 29th – 6th birthday celebrations – Theme: Magic


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The Brownbread Mixtape at Longitude Festival – July 19th – Speakeasy Stage – 2pm


We are delighted to announce that we will be performing a set at the Speakeasy stage at Longitude again this year. We will have our usual mix of fantastic spoken word, music and sketches at an afternoon show on Sunday, July 19th at 2pm. Expect rhymes galore from spoken word sensation John Cummins, tuneful melodic magic from Sinead White, snappy sketches from the Brownbread Players, and all held together with anarchically gleeful glue by MC Kalle Ryan and super sidekick Enda Roche. See you there!

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The Brownbread Mixtape – May 27th – “Speaking in tongues” – Fundraiser for LINGO festival


Join us on Wed, May 27th in the Stag’s Head for our eclectic monthly spoken word, music and comedy show. The theme of the night is “Speaking in tongues” Resident MC Kalle Ryan and super sidekick Enda Roche will be in place to keep the show ticking and kicking as always.

We are delighted to be doing the show as a fundraiser for the upcoming LINGO spoken word festival – a grassroots spoken word weekend event in Dublin, this October 16/17/18 and Ireland’s only festival of its kind!

The money raised on the night will be going directly to the LINGO new work fund, which will be used to commission a new longform spoken word show at this year’s festival. You will literally be paying for a world premiere to happen!

This month’s lineup will be bumper packed with some of the very best spoken word artists in Ireland today. For an absolute bargain of 10 EURO you will get to witness their greatness. We will also have our legendary raffle on the night with some supreme top drawer prizes. You won’t want to miss it.

No advance ticket sales. Guaranteed fun. Please spread the word! We want a huge crowd for this one.


John Cummins Poetician
Philip Lynch
Colm Keegan Poet and Writer
Erin Fornoff
Andre K’Por
Sarah Maria Griffin
Stephen James Smith


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The Brownbread Mixtape – March 25th – Theme: “Rebels”


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The Brownbread Mixtape featured on inaugural RTE Poetry Programme

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We were massively honoured to have our monthly gig showcased on the first ever Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1 yesterday (Jan 24th 2015). It’s great to see our national broadcaster shining a spotlight on poetry in all its forms, particularly the emphasis on spoken word. We wear it as a huge badge of honour to have our show be the first snapshot of spoken word for many listeners in Ireland. It’s an exciting time for the artform. The rest of the show is very enjoyable too with an interview with Liz Lochhead, as well as a great reinterpretation of Yeats by Stephen James Smith & Enda Reilly. Long may the show continue and we wish the team working on it well.

Listen back to the show here for a limited time

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