Croke Park Is Playing Host To A One-Man Play About GAA Player Mental Health

Croke Park Is Playing Host To A One-Man Play About GAA Player Mental Health

GAA fans at Dublin Fringe Festival will be enthralled by Grounds for Concern, a one-man play which is written and performed by Alan Bradley.

Taking place in the Croke Park dressing room, the play explores the mental health of rural GAA players in the build-up to a county final; something a lot of players will be going through over the coming weeks.

Alan - whose brother, Conor, is part of the Cavan senior panel - has received previous acclaim for his mental health film Mandown. This time around, he wanted to focus on a theme he has seen in his local community throughout his life:

By focusing on the fantastic community spirit in rural Ireland - especially in sport - I wanted to draw on the real life stories of Gaelic football players and challenge the audience to take a closer look and consider how we can continue to engage and support young men in our communities.


Directed by Elif Knight, the show's September 12th, 13th, 18th and 19th run at the Fringe Festival is already sold out but keep an eye on the website here in case extra tickets become available.

The play will also be performed in the Ramor United dressing rooms - Alan's home club in Virginia - on November 30th and December 1st. Tickets for those performances are available here.

See Also: Here's Why The All-Ireland Final Replay Is Throwing In At 6pm

Mark Farrelly
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Balls Media Audience Development Manager. Former Miss World 1997 contestant.

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