Three Men In a Boat

Friday Sharing: 19th July 2019

Directed by Mags Keohane. Freely adapted by Ethan Dylan 

A modern adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s 19th century comic novel Three Men in a Boat. The novel sees three men and a dog rent a boat and take a trip up the Thames; they explore the local areas and get into all sorts of trouble. The men in question are well-to-do city boys, who need a break from their stressful lives. They can be rude, aggressive, incredibly witty, and most importantly each one feels that he is right all of the time. This modern adaptation transforms this classic to Ireland in 2019.

Ethan and Mags have spent two days developing the initial script in the Everyman Theatre as Gap Day artists in association with the Mermaid Art Centre. The aim of the TDC residency is to work through the script in more detail, primarily looking at language and place. We will work on the language of our current draft, aiming not to lose the charm and wit of Jerome’s writing in our modernisation. As the novel is clearly set on the River Thames and embed histories of local landmarks, our aim to look at ways to integrate an Irish connection with the river in our adaptation. 

Mags Keohane is a director, theatre maker and producer with experience working in Ireland and Scotland. Mags is currently producing Spliced by Timmy Creed, which is touring to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. Mags recently completed a residency with Druid’s FUEL programme, developing a new show inspired by personal accounts from Ireland’s first unarmed humanitarian mission — The Irish Rwandan Support Group 1994.  Mags graduated with distinction from an MLitt Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow. To get in touch visit:

Ethan is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork and Two Year Full Time Actor Training Course at The Gaiety School of Acting. Ethan recently played Pig in the Irish Times Theatre Award winning production of Disco Pigs and Sucking Dublin, and Francis Ledwidge in the New Theatre’s centenary production of Ledwidge, which toured nationally. He primarily works as an actor and a deviser. 

Mags and Ethan first worked together on a production of Serious Money by Caryl Churchill and Made in China by Mark O’ Rowe – “a coarse and sleazy slice of Dublin given a Cork edge” (Irish Examiner). Three Men in a Boat is their most creatively ambitious project to date. It will be performed at Cork Arts Theatre from November 19th to 30th (excluding Sunday 24th) at 8pm. Event info at

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