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Four Rivers Theatre presents Happy Birthday, dear Alice by Bernard Farrell


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‘Oh Mona is a god-send at any bereavement……at the undertakers they say she has a great way with the corpses.’

Happy Birthday Dear Alice is Bernard Farrell’s much loved and hilarious comedy on the savage politics of a dispersed, suburban family to commit their aging yet resilient mother to the uncertain fate of a nursing home.
It is at once a deeply moving love story and a ruthlessly comic dissection of Irish family life from the master of dark comedy.

Directed by Jim Nolan and produced by Four Rivers, Happy Birthday Dear Alice has been described as Farrell’s most complete and fully realised play. The stellar cast includes Catherine Byrne (Fair City); Mark Lambert (Breakfast on Pluto) and Mark Fitzgerald (Vikings: Valhalla).

“Red hot play…a huge hit”: Irish Independent

“Lovely, funny and touching”: The Irish Times

“Anyone who has ever had a mother will enjoy this show”: John Creed on

Red hot play…a huge hit: Irish Independent

Extremely funny…exhilarating and rewarding’   RTÉ Arts Show


On of Ireland’s best loved actors, Catherine Byrne (Alice) trained at the Abbey School of Acting and has spent the past forty years working in theatre, television and film, including Eat the Peach, The Tudors, Inspector Jury and The last Right. She also spent four years playing Dr. Judith Dillon in Fair City. Memorable plays include The Field, Dancing at Lughnasa and A Month in the Country. She has appeared at the Abbey Theatre in Unmanageable Sisters, In Our Veins and One Good Turn.

Mark Lambert (Jimmy) is an experienced stage and screen actor: his film and television credits include Women on the Verge, Fair City, The Journey, Raw, The Last Templar, Breakfast on Pluto and Veronica Guerin. Notable stage appearances include The Gigli Concert at The Druid Theatre, Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Young Vic, Juno and the Paycock at the Abbey and Alls Well that Ends Wall at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Mark Fitzgerald (Cormac) has established a strong screen presence in recent years, with roles in Vikings: Valhalla, The Northman, Dark Red, Little Women, Muse, The Irish Mob and Loving Miss Hatto. Mark is a founding member of Perennial Theatre Company and trained at the Drama Centre London and at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, and won The Spotlight Award in 2006.

Sarah Madigan (Barbara) has appeared in Tarry Flynn, The Beauty Queen of Leenana, Translations (National Theatre, London), The Unmanageable Sisters and Jimmy’s Hall at The Abbey. Her film and television roles include Unwelcome, The Syndicate, Doctors and Saor Sinn O Olc.
Andrew Macklin (Barry) is an experienced stage actor who has appeared in An Inspector Calls (UK & International Tour), The Baleful Lie (Tristan Bates Theatre), Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Out of Joint/Watford Palace/Arcola Theatre/Tour), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Curve Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Chipping Norton Theatre), The Mercy Seat (York Theatre Royal), King Lear, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Sisters (Abbey Theatre). His television roles includes: The Holiday, Doctor Who, Doctors, Jubilee Nurse, Mr Selfridge and Fair City.

Andrew Macklin (Barry) is an experienced stage actor who has appeared in  An Inspector Calls (UK & International Tour), The Baleful Lie (Tristan Bates Theatre), Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Out of Joint/Watford Palace/Arcola Theatre/Tour), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Curve Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Chipping Norton Theatre), The Mercy Seat (York Theatre Royal), King Lear, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Sisters (Abbey Theatre). His television roles include: The Holiday, Doctor Who, Doctors, Jubilee Nurse, Mr Selfridge and Fair City.

Elishka Lane (Sandy) is an actor and theatre-maker from County Wexford. She is a recent graduate from Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She is a founding member of Gift Horse Theatre Company, emphasising environmentally conscious theatre practice and playful, dynamic reimagining’s of classic texts. Her recent theatre credits include Tender Napalm (Smock Alley Theatre), Wexford Playwright Readings (Wexford Arts Centre), The Hamlet Review (Theatre Royal Waterford), CHARMS!, Supermoon, (Samuel Beckett Theatre) and Twelfth Night, Tess (Gift Horse Theatre).