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Helen is mopping the floor, Phil is popping balloons, Gary has gone home early. The party is over but they are still there. There's no leaving until the popping and mopping is done. Pop. Pop. Pop... 

A conversation between the mother and girlfriend of a disabled man, NORMAL explores love, power, vulnerability and the often-difficult task of learning to let go.


Written by Irish Times Theatre Award nominee Caitríona Daly, Normal is a study of motherhood, modern relationships and the often complex and nuanced role of parent or partner as care giver.

A stellar revival of this superbly crafted play

– broadcast online to the world!


Nominated for Best New Play, Best Performer (Caoimhe O'Malley) and the First Fortnight Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017

‘a taut, dramatic, splendidly acted piece’

- Mail on Sunday

‘an excellent new play… hard-fought to the end’  - Irish Independent

 Donations to Bewley's Cafe Theatre help support our creative artists. Our vision is to be a vital cog in the creation and revival of great plays and a stepping stone for artists, helping to build sustainable careers in theatre. Your donation is very much appreciated. Bewley's Cafe Theatre is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Karen Ardiff


Karen recently appeared in Home: Part One at the Abbey Theatre, Rearing is Sharing at the Axis Theatre and Roman Fever, Bewley’s Café Theatre in St Stephen’s Green.

Screen credits include Brooklyn, This is my Father, Evelyn and Acceptable Risk. Theatre credits include The Unmanageable Sisters, Othello, Oedipus (Abbey Theatre), The Alternative, Rathmines Road, Inside the GPO (Fishamble), Hamlet, Taste, Thesis (Guna Nua), Dublin will show you how (Abbey Theatre/The Complex), Peer Gynt, Plaza Suite (Rough Magic), Roman Fever (Bewley’s Café Theatre), Normal (Dublin Fringe Festival/Bewley’s Café Theatre).

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Caoimhe O’Malley


Caoimhe recently appeared in Theatre for One (and a Little One) at The Abbey Theatre. On screen she will next be seen acting opposite Adam Driver, in the Ridley Scott film, The Last Duel.  In 2019 she presented a ‘work in progress’ section of her debut play The Thinking in Scene + Heard festival. 

Screen Credits include The South Westerlies, Dublin Murders, and Reign. Theatre credits include The Unmanageable Sisters, You Never Can Tell, Major Barbara (Abbey Theatre), The Constant Wife, Juno and the Paycock, A Month In The Country (Gate Theatre), Breaking Dad, The Country Girls (Gaiety Theatre), and Normal (Dublin Fringe Festival/Bewleys Cafe Theatre). 

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Maisie Lee


Maisie is a freelance director of theatre and radio. Recent work includes 14 Voices from the Bloodied Field for The Abbey Theatre; EMBARGO for Fishamble New Play Company, ‘The Spider’s House’ Project Arts Centre; ‘In our Veins’, Abbey Theatre; ‘DNA’, Backstage Theatre, Longford; ‘A Christmas Carol’, The Ark; ‘Something Unspoken’, Bewley’s Café Theatre; Revolution Radio for RTE2FM (nominated for PPI award); ‘Our Island’ and 'In Dog Years I'm Dead' both Dublin Fringe Festival. Maisie was Resident Assistant Director in the Abbey Theatre 2013-2014.  Maisie is Artist in Residence in Backstage Theatre Longford and Baboró International Children’s Festival for 2021.

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Caitríona Daly


Caitríona Daly is a writer from Dublin. Her plays include Panned, Test Dummy (Irish Times Theatre Award Best New Play Nominee 2016) and Normal (Dublin Fringe 2017: Fishamble New Writing Award Nominee and First Fortnight Nominee). She is currently under commission with The Abbey Theatre and Fishamble: The New Play Company. 

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JJ Anderson

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JJ is a filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. He has been involved with the arts since he was 4 years old, working in theatre, events, commercials, music videos, tv and film

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Bewley's café theatre

Since opening its doors in 1999, Bewley's Cafe Theatre has emerged as Ireland's foremost venue for Lunchtime Drama and has an international reputation for innovation and excellence, (Irish Times Judges' Special Award Winner 2004 and nominee 2018) while maintaining a uniquely Irish and personal touch.

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Bewley's Café Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of of the Arts Council in making this production possible. Supported by Dublin City Council. 

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