Young Curators Festival

We Can't Have Monkeys in the House

1 - 3 August 2019

Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Booking Information

Dates: 1 – 3 August

Time: 8pm

Tickets: €15 / €12 Conc.

Running time: 60 minutes

An absurd new comedy by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth about tragedy, regression and death.

Mammy’s had a heart attack.

Leslie is in denial.

Cinnamon doesn’t care.

Neil just wants to dance.

Estranged sister John is uncomfortable with all of this.

Funeral preparations are underway. All that’s left to do is pull the plug and wait for Mammy to die. Tempers flare and bad habits resurface as relationships disintegrate.

From award-winning writer, Ciara Elizabeth Smyth comes We Can’t Have Monkeys in the House, a new absurd comedy about tragedy, regression and death.

All the fun stuff.


“We Can’t Have Monkeys In The House has a dark heart that beats insistently behind the laughs”
Irish Independent

“There’s a dark heartbreak at the centre of the piece which its wild, delicious humour wonderfully underscores"
The Arts Review


  • Cinnamon: Danielle Galligan
  • Neil: Meg Healy
  • John: Aisling O’Mara
  • Leslie: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
  • Director: Olivia Songer
  • Set & Costume Designer: Naomi Faughnan
  • Lighting Designer: Jennifer O'Malley
  • Dramaturg: Pamela McQueen
  • Sound Designer: Jenny O'Malley
  • Photography: Jeda de Bri
  • Produced by: Sad Strippers Theatre

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