The Roaring Banshees

About The Show

Chicago, 1923.

After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBan unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob.

But it’s not long before a gang war breaks out with them caught in the middle, and the lethal skills they honed back home hunting Black and Tans are taken to the bullet-strewn streets of the Windy City. From Devious Theatre, the Kilkenny company behind the 2016 smash hit The Hellfire Squad, comes the second blood-soaked, blackly-comic installment of the Ripping Yarn Trilogy.

No Let Up.

The Roaring Banshees was performed at The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from August 1-3rd and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin from August 12th-31st.


‘Red’ Alice Bannion – Nessa Matthews

Kitty ‘The Knife’ McGillicutty – Ali Fox

Bernadette McGurk – Clodagh Mooney Duggan

Flossie ‘The Farmer’ Farrell – Aoife Spratt

Concepta Bloom – Laura Brady

Molly Malone – Amy Dunne

Siona ní gCopaleen – Áine Ní Laoghaire


Written by: Peter McGann + John Morton
Directed by: Sarah Baxter
Produced by: Clara Purcell
Set & Costume Design: Áine O’Hara
Lighting Design: John Gunning
Stage Manager: Sinead Heavin
Assistant Director: Jill McKeagney


“Director Sarah Baxter collaborated beautifully with McGann and Morton to create a production that is stylish and gripping as well as uproarious and horrific” – Broadway World

“McGann and Morton splice together two dramatic historical scenarios with hilarious effect…. Ali Fox and Nessa Matthews capture the nuances of the plays comic and tragic modes” – The Sunday Business Post

“On a floor resembling an Art Deco detail in Áine O’Hara’s set, the terrific ensemble are gathered into defiant poses, facing into great blasts of smoke” – Musings In Intermission

“A Scorcese-esque unraveling of the anti-hero and the extreme measures one will go to protect the ones they love” – The Kilkenny People

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