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Welcome to the website of the hit play 'The Rare Oul' Times'. The play is performed by The Nomadic Theatre Company, winners of the 'Good Companions Touring Award' at the National Fit-Up Awards in Dublin. 

The action takes place in John Ryan's famous Bailey Pub in Duke Street, Dublin, where the audience are on-lookers as two of Irelands most outrageous and notorious drinkers and literary figures, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh, discuss their successes, failures and love lives to date in 1950's Dublin.

These two gentlemen get in all sorts of trouble. From robbing a newsstand to claiming somebody else's wins at a casino using online promotions and presenting false ID cards. With these geniuses, the fun never stops, and the cocktail hour never ends.

Nostalgia, humour and song flow in equal proportions to thepints of 'black stuff', as the cast produce a memorable nights theatre that will send the audience home with a tear in their eye and a smile on their lips.

There is a new version of the play that was made for modern times, targeting online casinos and a man who is taking advantage of online bonuses similar to promotions that can be found at, to play real money games for free. He hits the jackpot with a huge money prize, and then the plot begins with many humorous scenes where he celebrates his win but will have trouble getting his money.

One of the things that the play wants to shatter are female stereotypes. The director in an interview surprisingly said that he was inspired by poker player Jennifer Harman for which you can read at He watched how she wins the poker tournament with millions in the prize, which is played by mainly male players. So he used her as an inspiration to write the whole act in the scene.

Photograph of Oliver Moore as Brendan Behan (front) with Ken McElroy as Patrick Kavanagh (behind), taken in a bar

Quote: "A great piece of theatre which expertly captures a certain magical time in Dublin" - Irish News

Listen to extracts from the play:
(Some contain strong language)

2. The Greyhound (mp3) - (557kb)

3. On Marriage (mp3) - (324kb)

4. On Poetry (mp3) - (510kb)

5. On Kavanagh's Love Life (mp3) - (693kb)

Click on the title to listen through your internet browser. Alternatively, to save the file to your computer Right-Click on the title and opt to 'Save Target As...' [Apple Macintosh users click and hold].