Roar your ass off at Roundwood House

Roar your ass off at Roundwood House

Bewley’s Café Theatre and Roundwood House  present


A comedy by S. R. Plant

 Starring Michael James Ford and Ruairi Heading & Directed by Iseult Golden

At Roundwood House, Mountrath on Sunday, October 23rd 2016 @ 8.00pm


The outrageous and acclaimed comedy Burdan’s Ass,  which has just enjoyed a sell out run in Bewley’s Café Theatre, comes to Roundwood House for a special night of Dinner Theatre.

Roudwood House; a stunning part of 'Lovely Laois'. Photo courtesy of

Roudwood House. Photo courtesy of


.Inspired by the wilder extremes of animal behaviour., the play explores the mechanics of turbot breeding, the exotic mating rituals of the bowerbird, the social taboos of pelican eating and the murderous antagonism between  badger and dachshund.  Above all, however, it focuses on one man’s struggle to reconcile his scientific vocation with his primitive desires.


Mahone, the last in a line of taxidermists of Russian descent, is struggling to save his dying business. The trade in stuffed animals has hit rock bottom and his only commission, the corpse of a much-loved pet badger, has gone disasterously wrong.  Moreover he is beset by a series of emotional and philosophical crises and haunted by the demons of his philandering past. But, spurred on by his irrepressible apprentice Ernest Blades, Mahone sets out to overcome the paralysing effects of Buridan’s Ass Syndrome and to find redemption through physical passion.

Have an ass of a time at Roundwood House

Have an ass of a time at Roundwood House


…the stuff of comic genius. MAIL ON SUNDAY


..existential comedy at its best. Beckett would be proud…SUNDAY BUSINESS POST


..a laugh a minute…THE SCOTSMAN


…wildly and darkly comic… SUN INDEPENDENT