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John Breen is a playwright from Limerick, Ireland. He is famous for his play Alone it Stands which tells the tale of Munster Rugby Team’s legendary 12‐0 victory over New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick in 1978. In the play six actors play 62 roles including the Munster team, the Kiwis, the two coaches, the ref, the crowd, the press, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog. The Play has made it onto Broadway and this
shows the immense talent of this fine playwright.
His other well‐known play is Charlie, a work on Charles Haughey, the former Irish Taoiseach, who visits a small farmer in County Mayo on his way from launching what was to becomethe Céide Fields project. As the two men talk, Haughey’s remarkable rise and fall is actingout in flashback around them. 

John now resides in an environmentally friendly home just outside Ballina in County Mayo.
He also established Yew Tree Theatre Company in Ballina.   Breen trained as a director under the Abbey Theatre’s Directors Scheme in 1988 and then joined the Open House Theatre Project in 1990. He has worked extensively as a director in Ireland and was Director of Theatre Studies at Ringsend Technical Institute, Dublin from 1996 until his appointment in 1999 as the Artistic Director of Yew Tree Theatre in Ballina.
He was appointed artistic director TEAM Educational Theatre Company in 2008.

For more information visit The Civic Theatre Website