The Bald Prima Donna

“A tour de force of acting and direction that is a total delight” The Stage Bald Prima Donna Card

In 2001 our radical adaptation of Ionesco’s classic absurdist comedy The Bald Prima Donna played Komedia at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to much critical and popular acclaim. Asylum were subsequently invited to perform and to present workshops the Theaterszene Europa Festival at the Studiobuhne, Cologne, and were the first ever Irish company to be invited to the San Francisco International Absurdist Festival.

Adapted & Performed by Gerrie O’Grady & Donal Gallagher
Lighting: John Cumiskey
Director: Ali Robertson

Co-produced with Granary Theatre. Irish Premier – Granary, 1999.
Everyman Palace & national tour; Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Cologne; Exit Theatre, San Francisco, 2000/’01.


“Brilliantly executed… the sheer originality and seamless flow of this production demands to be seen. ****” Metro

“A Fringe Gem”
Scotland on Sunday

“A tour de force of acting and direction that is a total delight”
The Stage

“Ionesco himself couldn’t have asked for more”
The Irish Times

“One of this years best bets”
The Guardian

“Superb… explores whole new levels of absurdity with skill and panache… a fluid seamless blur of motion”
The Sunday Times

“Absolutely superb”

“Wonderfully portrayed… Will have you in stitches”
The Irish Examiner

“The highlight of the year… a great, must-see show”
The List

“Very, very funny… seamless and brilliant… this interpretation reaches proud heights of absurdity”
Three Weeks

“The best piece of theatre I’ve seen on the fringe”

“Donal Gallagher and Geraldine O’Grady are completely superb as everyone… an exceptional staging of a classic comedy. Book now.”