It’s 1987. Bronagh is becoming a teenager, competing in the Irish Dancing Championships and being a bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding. This is a one-woman comedy show about awkward names, ra-ra skirts, bad haircuts, a 13th birthday and a mad weekend in a mad Irish family. Think Four Weddings and a Funeral with Irish dancing and restraining orders. Written and performed byBBC New Comedy Award Winner and Funny Women Finalist HELEN O’BRIEN, Bronagh’s Big Weekend is one not to be missed this Edinburgh Fringe season.

An accomplished performer and writer, HELEN O’BRIEN began her career as a member of The Durham Revue comedy group, before joining Off The Ground Theatre Company, where she starred in a large number of productions including Romeo and Juliet, Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad. Here she also played the lead role of Rita in 80s classic, Educating Rita. HELEN has performed in and written for sketch shows at The Edinburgh Festival including Innocent Bystanders and Domestic Goddi. Domestic Goddi returned to Edinburgh in 2009 and 2010 to great critical acclaim. HELEN has been part of the writing team for Sex Bombs, for BBC Northern Ireland.

HELEN will also perform Mrs Manning, a night of character, sketch and musical comedy on the free Fringe – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters.

What the press said about Helen O’Brien:

“Clear, pure storytelling… I enjoyed every moment.” Snipe

“really charming and at times poignant…” Fringe Report

“charming, very funny and completely entertaining”
The Public Reviews

Bronagh’s Big Weekend
Venue: Cellar, Pleasance
Date: 3rd Aug – 25th Aug
Time: 12:50pm
Box Office: 0131 226 0000

For more information and press tickets, please contact: edinburghpress@avalonuk.com or phone: Charlotte Lander, Lottie Doran, Charlotte Davidson or Dan Lloyd on: Edinburgh: 0131 527 1643 / London: 020 7598 7222


Avalon is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK. Recent highlights include: RUSSELL HOWARD performing to over 240,000 fans with sell-out tour Right Here, Right Now; AL MURRAY’s twice extended show Al Murray The Pub Landlord The Only Way Is Epic, including two dates at the Queen’s Theatre, London; Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award winning RUSSELL KANE’s new tour Posturing Delivery; RICHARD HERRING returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his 25th year; DAVE GORMAN’s Barry Award nominated sell-out tour Powerpoint Presentation; GREG DAVIES’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated, triple-extended, 109 date sell-out show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog and new tour The Back of My Mum’s Head, including two dates at the Hammersmith Apollo; LEE NELSON’s sell-out date at the IndigO2 with Lee Nelson Live; ROB DELANEY selling out his UK debut London run at Soho Theatre in one hour from a single tweet; U.S.’s number one podcasting comedian PAUL F. TOMPKINS playing the UK for the first time at London’s Soho Theatre.