Breaking Dad is a 2014 play by Paul Howard, as part of the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series.[1] It had its world premiere on 30 April 2014 at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin produced by Landmark Productions.[2][3]

Breaking Dad
Written byPaul Howard
CharactersRoss O'Carroll-Kelly
Honor O'Carroll-Kelly
Sorcha O'Carroll-Kelly-Lalor
Ronan Masterson
Charles O'Carroll-Kelly
Date premiered30 April 2014
Place premieredGaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Original languageEnglish
SeriesRoss O'Carroll-Kelly
SettingDublin, 2022

The title is a reference to the TV series Breaking Bad.



The year is 2022. Ross is in his forties, and is horrified when his daughter Honor brings home her boyfriend Traolach — a little too similar to a young Ross. His father Charles is Director of Elections for a resurgent Fianna Fáil.



The Irish Independent was positive, saying "Although the future setting limits the comic material somewhat, there's more than enough humour to be had from Ross feeling the teething pains of a mid-life crisis, and the physical comedy involved in solving the paternity problem."[4][1]


  1. ^ a b Howard, Paul (22 April 2014). "Breaking Dad: the upstaging of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  2. ^ "The Gaiety Theatre - Irish Theatre in Dublin".
  3. ^ "Breaking Dad |". Archived from the original on 29 November 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Theatre review: Breaking Dad at The Gaiety Theatre -".