An Abbey Theatre and SoFFT Productions co-production

An Old Song, Half Forgotten

14 April - 6 May 2023

Written by Deirdre Kinahan

Directed by Louise Lowe

Booking Information

Dates: 14 April – 6 May

on the Peacock stage

Previews: 14 – 19 April 

Times: Tues – Sat, 7pm

Tickets:  €18 – €25 / €13 – €20 Conc. 

Group Booking: €18 – €22, Groups of Adult 6+ (1 free with every 20 tickets bought) 

Early bird tickets available until 1 February.

Age recommendation: 13+ 

An Old Song, Half Forgotten opens a window into the life and soul of an older actor who is living in care with Alzheimer’s disease.

When a visiting string quartet play, the music summons a suite of glorious characters and moments from his life, allowing him to revel once again in his great loves and losses, whilst conjuring up a smashing vision of his younger self.

Written by Deirdre Kinahan and directed by Louise Lowe, An Old Song, Half Forgotten is written for and performed by one of Ireland’s most celebrated actors, Bryan Murray, who himself was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Theatre is Bryan Murray’s home, with a career beginning as a member of the Abbey Theatre company. He now returns to the Peacock stage to inhabit a play that sings entirely to his distinctive voice and talent at this time of great change in his life.



  • Performer: Bryan Murray
  • Performer: Matthew Malone
  • Writer: Deirdre Kinahan
  • Director: Louise Lowe
  • Set Designer: Conor Jacob
  • Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall
  • Sound Designer and Additional Composition: Philip Stewart
  • Costume Designer: Maree Kearns
  • Composer: Paul Frost
  • Personal Assistant: Úna Crawford
  • Creative Producer: Natasha Duffy
  • Original Music for String Quartet: Paul Frost
  • Publicity Image: Pat Redmond
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