Backstage Theatre is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code, The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its constitution, available here.

Backstage Theatre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. Click for our Financial Statements and Director Report for the year ended 31 Dec 2022.

Our 2019 financial statements are compliant with financial statements with SORP, the Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for-profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP) which is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland.

Backstage Theatre is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities. We are formally committed to comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).

Backstage Theatre adheres to and is compliant with the Charities Governance Code and our Board of Directors reviews our governance code on a yearly basis.

Backstage Theatre is governed by a voluntary board of Directors. See below for a list of our current Directors and their biographies.

Backstage Theatre Policies:

Child Protection Policy

Backstage Theatre is committed to providing a safe environment and enjoyable experience for all children. The welfare of the children who interact with us, both on and off stage, is of paramount importance to us. We have therefore created a comprehensive Child Protection Policy in accordance with guidelines outlined in “Children First, National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.” This policy is sent to all companies performing at Backstage. If you wish to receive a copy of this policy, please contact our Artistic Director Mona Considine on

Data protection

Information disclosed on our website or to box office staff, including name, address, card number, telephone number and email address is for administration only. This information will be used by Backstage Theatre only and will not be passed on to a third party. The information will only be used to contact you about upcoming shows, however if you no longer wish to receive this information please let us know.

Board of Directors

Benny O’Brien – Chairperson

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Benny has been involved in theatre for as long as he can remember and has appeared on stage here in the theatre with St. Mel’s Musical Society, Backstage Theatre Group and Longford Variety Group.
He was nominated to the Backstage Theatre Board by the Board of Longford Slashers in 2017. Benny has been involved with a lot of community organisations down through the years and is still actively involved with Longford Slashers at both senior and underage level. He is also involved with The Longford Marathon and the Longford Rose of Tralee centre. Benny has enjoyed a varied working career which saw him work in the financial services industry for almost 30 years and he also was a regular behind the microphone with the Shannonside FM sports team since the station opened in 1989 up until quite recently. Benny now works as a support worker for adults with special needs and is based in Longford. Benny was appointed Director of the Backstage Theatre CLG at the Annual General meeting on 28 June 2017.

Phil Cox

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A founding member of the Backstage Theatre for Longford project, Philip has been involved in performing Arts for over thirty years with Backstage Theatre Group. Some productions include Whistle in the Dark, Faith Healer, Our Town, The Chastitute and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for which he received an All-Ireland Drama Award.
Now retired, he formerly was a Principal Officer and Senior Manager with the Department of Social Protection. He holds a degree in Public Management, Higher
Certificate in Humanities in Advocacy Studies and Master Degree in Business Administration.

Declan Neville

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Declan Neville has been involved in amateur drama in Longford for over 30 years and has been a member of Backstage Theatre Group (BTG) since its formation. He has been involved in many of the group’s productions over the years.

In the past, Declan has a been a member of the boards of Longford Money Advice and Budgeting Service, Longford County Childcare Committee and Longford Community Resources Ltd. He is also currently a member of the committee of Longford & District Schoolboy League. He is a civil servant working and living in Longford town.

Declan was appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.


Michael Nevin

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Michael Nevin is head of Enterprise with Longford County Council. He runs the Local Enterprise Office which supports the needs of entrepreneurs and small business in County Longford and he plays a pivotal role in promoting County Longford as an attractive location for inward investment.
From Longford Town he is a strong community activist and sits on the board of several voluntary organisations including the Temperance Hall Committee, The Longford Town Suburbs Committee that looks after the Mall, Longford & District Schoolboy league and County Longford Tourism Committee.
Michael sat on an advisory board for the Fidget Feet Aerial Dance when they were based in Longford . He is a big supporter of Backstage Theatre, championing it as a key piece of the cultural and social fabric of Longford that helps sell the Town as a good place to live and work.
Michael was appointed Director of the Backstage Theatre CLG at the Annual General meeting on 28 June 2017.

Colm Murray

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Colm Murray was appointed to the Board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2019. He has been a member of Longford County Council since 2013. He is Chair of Longford Local Community Development Committee, a group leader on the Eastern and Midlands Regional Authority and was a board member of the former County Enterprise Board. He is a current member and former Chair of Ballymahon Vocational School board of management.

Colm has been heavily involved in the community and voluntary sector over the years and served as Development Officer (2016-2019) and Vice Chair (2019-2021) of Longford GAA County Board as well as Chair of Kenagh GAA club(2018-2022) He has also been involved in amateur dramatics for a number of years in his local community and is a founder member and former Chair of Pillar Box Drama Club.

He is a former lecturer at Technical University of the Shannon (AIT) and currently works as a healthcare administrator.

Georgina Hourican

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Georgina is a teacher of languages and Drama in Mullingar. She is a big supporter of the Backstage Theatre having been involved in the St. Mel’s Musical Society and the Backstage Theatre group. Georgina is involved in preparing children in scor na bpáistí and in Scor na nÓg andhas been involved in fundraising in Longford in various local projects and charities.

Georgina has long been associated with the Arts Centre in Mullingar where her students of Coláiste Mhuire perform in Musical and Drama pieces and enter various Drama competitions around the country.

Georgina is living in Longford since 2003 and was the founding chairperson of the Attic House. She is also a director of the Temperance Hall and the Irish Cultural Officer on the Slashers Executive.

Micheal Walsh

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Micheal Walsh is a retired Deputy Principal of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co Longford. Living in Longford since the early ’80s he has been involved with Longford Slashers since that time. Roles have included: Team Coach, Minor Club Chairperson, Children’s Officer, Senior Club Secretary, County Board Delegate and Club Executive Member.

Martina Needham

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Martina Needham has an honours degree in Botany from Trinity College Dublin, a higher diploma in Software Localisation from University of Limerick and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin. She has over 20 years’ experience working in libraries with various community groups and is an experienced event and project manager. Some of the projects included: A European Label award for an integrated language project with the Department of Education, a highly recommended BT New scientist project with the Library Science Club and Public Library project award for the Offaly Library Comic Con event. She was also Cruinniú na nÓg project coordinator for Offaly for 4 years (2018-22). She is currently the Creative Ireland Coordinator for Longford.

Christine O’Brien

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Christine is a teacher of Business, Accounting and TY Drama in Meanscoil Mhuire here in Longford. She has been involved in all things theatrical in Longford since childhood including Tops of the Town, Scór, St. Mel’s Musical Society, Longford Variety Group, Canal Studio Productions and Backstage Theatre Group. She is currently treasurer, actor and occasional director with BTG and has competed on numerous occasions on the All Ireland Drama Circuit and has also directed many school productions in Meanscoil Mhuire. Christine is also assistant Finance Director and assistant Summer School Director with the Drama League of Ireland.


Register of Members

Michael Gilleran, Flipeadori Longfoirt Teo appointed 28/06/2017
Angela Bracken, Flipeadori Longfoirt Teo appointed 07/06/2023
Pat Joe McLoughlin, Backstage Theatre Group 28/06/2017
Paul Ross Longford, County Council 25 June 2019
Peggy Nolan, Longford County Council 28/06/2017
Denis Glennon, Backstage Theatre Group 14/06/2022