Asylum Productions and Kilkenny Arts Festival with the support of the Abbey Theatre

The Big Chapel X (Kilkenny)

11 - 17 August 2019

Based on The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy

Adapted by John Morton, Medb Lambert and Donal Gallagher

Booking Information

Dates: 11 – 17 August as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival

Time: 9pm

Tickets: €20/€14 conc.

Running Time: 2 hours

Meeting Point: St. Brigid’s College, Kilkenny Road, Callan

What happens when a town takes on the retelling of its own dark history?

Thomas Kilroy’s Booker-nominated novel is a fictionalised retelling of the real events surrounding the notorious ‘Callan Schools Affair’. This radical adaptation sees the people of Callan retelling their own story, using the town of Callan as its stage. Supported by an exceptional team of professional theatre artists, The Big Chapel X is a unique theatrical experience and the culmination of a year-long series of events celebrating the work of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

The Big Chapel X will be performed as part of the 2019 Kilkenny Arts Festival. Tickets are available from




  • Writer: John Morton
  • Director: Donal Gallagher
  • Designer: Medb Lambert
  • Composer: Irene Buckley
  • Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan
  • Choreographer: Cindy Cummings
  • Costume Designer: Lisa Zagone
  • Video Designer: John Loftus
  • Architecture Consultant: Je Ahn
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