Paddy goes to Petra will be performed at lunchtime at Nenagh Arts Centre next Tuesday.

Lunchtime theatre in Nenagh

Rural Ireland meets the Middle East in a plot that follows middle-aged farmer Paddy, whose lust for life has long vanished. A trip to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan encourages him to feel a fresh wonder for the world, develop new friendships and begin an exciting love affair… with himself!

Paddy goes to Petra, which is written and directed by Áine Ryan, will be performed at lunchtime at Nenagh Arts Centre on Tuesday, May 30.

Pretending to lose his passport so he can stay longer in Petra, Paddy begins a journey of recovery and renewed enthusiasm for living. How long until responsibilities of old take hold of him again, however?

A play about survival, strength and carrying on. The role of Paddy will be performed by Cork actor Brendan Dunlea (Ros na Rún, An Cailín Ciúin, The Quiet Girl, The Funeral Path). Music is by Eyal Arad and Cáit Ní Riain.

Paddy goes to Petra is the latest play from Tipperary playwright Áine Ryan, whose previous work includes critically acclaimed shows that have been performed all over Ireland, Edinburgh and in the United States. Paddy goes to Petra received a sell-out run in London in November 2022 and enjoyed multiple five-star reviews, and a Standing Ovation Nomination.

Paddy goes to Petra is brought to NAC by Studio Perform Theatre, Bealtaine Festival and Tipperary County Council. Ticket details are available from Nenagh Arts Centre on 067 34400 or online at