Once Upon a Bridge (2021)

‘compelling … delicately uplifting’- The Guardian
‘packs a terrific, touching punch’- Sunday Independent
‘a fascinating new drama’- The Irish Times

A new play by Sonya Kelly
Directed by Sara Joyce
Live Streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

A tale for a modern age.

Early one morning on Putney Bridge, three strangers’ lives collided for one fleeting second.

Inspired by real events, Once Upon a Bridge weaves a tale about human triumph and frailty, about the power of destiny and chance, and why sometimes we choose to hate, and other times we choose to dance.

Druid premiered Sonya Kelly’s ‘whip-smart’ (Irish Independent) comedy Furniture during the Galway International Arts Festival 2018, followed by a 13-venue national tour last year. In a world premiere production, Once Upon a Bridge will be performed and live streamed from The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway, for four performances only. The cast includes Druid Ensemble member Aaron Monaghan with Siobhán Cullen and Adetomiwa Edun.

Duration: 60 minutes with no interval

Register here for an online post-show event about Once Upon a Bridge hosted by glór as part of their Culture Café.

Partner Venues



  • A Woman Siobhán Cullen
  • The Bus Driver Adetomiwa Edun
  • A Man Aaron Monaghan


  • Writer Sonya Kelly
  • Director Sara Joyce
  • Lighting & Set Design Sinéad McKenna
  • Sound Design & Composition Alma Kelliher
  • Movement David Bolger
  • Costume Design Clíodhna Hallissey
  • Assistant Director Emily Foran