Artist Octopus Soup

Title Grandparent's Day

Octopus Soup is a group consisting of Sinéad O'Brien, Eimear O'Riordan and Liam McCarthy, who are based throughout Ireland.

Sinéad O'Brien is an actor, storyteller & dramaturg working in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. She works in collaboration with writers & communities to devise theatrical pieces based on true stories & heritage. She studied Drama at UCC and holds a Masters Degree in European Theatre and Dramatrugy from the University of Kent. 


Eimear O’Riordan is a native of Mallow, Co. Cork. She studied Drama and Theatre studies at Trinity College Dublin. After graduating she moved to London and trained at Drama Centre London, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor scholarship for Acting whilst training.  Most recently she appeared in The Cat's Mother by Erica Murray at VAULTS, Kings Head Theatre, London, Underbelly, Edinburgh, Dublin Fringe,  (Winner Best New Writing 2018) and West Cork Fit Ups 2019. 


Liam McCarthy is a writer, originally from Limerick. He has worked with many theatre companies in Ireland and the UK. He participated in Druid’s Fuel mentorship last year and is currently commissioned to write a new play, Mam and Love, for Belltable. He works as an Engagement Coordinator for The Ark, Children’s Cultural Centre, Dublin. 

Grandparent’s Day is a story about a mother and a daughter inspired by real life events. This is a play about a difficult childhood spent in close proximity to a woman suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues. The play is not only about those with mental health issues, it is about those that care for them, love them and grow up with them.  


While serious in theme, this play is also full of joy and humour. A new comedy drama performed by Sinéad O’Brien and Eimear O’Riordan. Written by Liam McCarthy, based on testimony from Sinéad O’Brien. 


Grandparent’s Day is supported by Limerick City and County Council’s Theatre Development Bursary 2019. It is scheduled for production in 2020. 

 Sunday, 8th Dec


Running Time:

30 minutes approx.

Free admission

Will be followed by a conversation with the artist