Onstage at Backstage this week… GOMBEAN

It’s cappuccinos at dawn as old scores are settled in this scintillating new caffeine-fuelled comedy

Why you need to see


Niamh McGrath takes on multiple roles as her exceptionally funny one-woman show GomBean comes to Backstage on Thursday, May 4th. Here’s why you need to see this lockdown dose of wrestling-themed mayhem…


It’s written by its multi-talented star Niamh McGrath

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“How many plays have you seen recently that mixed sour milky lattes and hardcore wrestling?”

That’s how writer and star Niamh McGrath sums up her new one-woman show GomBean which comes to Backstage this Thursday, May 4th. Not only is Niamh one of our finest comedic actresses but the Sligo native is also an accomplished playwright, and both of these talents will be on full display in this hilarious new comedy about the madcap goings on in a sleepy coastal town in the west of Ireland. Niamh cut her teeth as a playwright in 2005 when she was commissioned to write and star in Sarah’s Comfort for Yew Tree Theatre Company, while her stage credits include Alone It Stands and Looking Deadly, as well as a previous visit to Backstage with a touring production of Patrick Kavanagh’s Tarry Flynn. But her talents don’t stop there! Niamh is also the co-founder of Pignut Theatre – a puppet-based theatre company for children that regularly tours in schools and performs at festivals across the country.


It’s directed by Seamus O’Rourke

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The brilliant Seamus O’Rourke is no stranger to Backstage having tread the boards as an actor on numerous occasions, including his upcoming one-man show The Ballad of Mossy Flood, produced by his own company Big Guerrilla Productions. His directing credits include A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche, Arrah Na Pogue by Dion Boucicault and The Cavan Curse by John McManus. And he’s also no stranger to social media – his YouTube channel, which includes numerous short stories as well as poetry and comedy sketches, has amassed in excess of two million hits. His memoir “Standing in the Gaps” was released in 2020.


It’s brimming with laughs


GomBean is a small-town comedy about a woman with a coffee van and a heap of regrets who’s stuck firmly in the ‘90s. That is until the unexpected arrival of an old nemesis offers an unlikely chance at sporting redemption. With skilful direction and a script that’s brimming with uniquely Irish humour, audiences will find themselves swept into the crazy world of Grace O’Malley and her hilarious quest to reclaim that elusive Community Games championship title!


Fun, witty and brilliantly energetic, GomBean is sure to be a hit. So book your ringside seat for the comedy event of the year at Backstage on May 4th!


Thursday 4th May @ 8pm
Main Auditorium