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HUMANS: a robot musical


Poster design Martha Hegarty

The seventh best musical robot group in the world is making a new musical, to be performed to all robots everywhere and it’s going to completely explain what humans are – in song. Everything will be fine,
they just need some clear answers. That rhyme. Meanwhile 10-year old Jennifer Dempsey – MASSIVE robot fan – is on a mission of her own, one that might just change the course of robot- human relations forever!

This big-hearted – and funny! –story about loss, friendship and hope features three humanoid robots, one quite robotic human and beautiful original songs throughout.

Humans: A Robot Musical embarked on a national tour in November 2024, visiting Riverbank Arts Centre, Siamsa Tíre, Visual, Mermaid Arts Centre, The Theatre Royal and Áras Éanna. This wonderful documentary captures the last days of the tour.


Made possible by funding from the RTÉ Toy Show fund managed by the Community Foundation of Ireland, the Arts Council and Cork City Council Arts Office


Written by John McCarthy
Song Lyrics/Book by John McCarthy
Song Composition by John McCarthy and Katie Holly
Cast Jennifer Barry, Bob Kelly, Úna Ní Bhriain,
Darragh Shannon [Madi O’Carroll
Directed by Niall Cleary
Set & Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design & Musical Director Carl Kennedy
Assistant Musical Director Emily Donoghue
Costume Designer Jenny Whyte
Stage Technicians Arran MacGabhann and Seamus Hegarty

Stage Manager Michael Ryan
Production Manager Ian Brown
Producers The Everyman (Naomi Daly) & Graffiti (Lynn Canham)

Readthrough at Fitzgibbon Theatre, Graffiti, with cast, crew and creative team of HUMANS:a robot musical seated round two long tables, centred on a guitar player, Emily Donoghue and the director, Niall Cleary

Readthrough at Fitzgibbon Theatre, Graffiti in September 2023. Photo Ze Bateira

Jennifer Barry as Probeshot, Una Ni Bhrian as Jennifer
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Madi, Una, Bob & Jennifer
Jennifer Barry, Una Ni Bhriain and Madi Carrol
Jennifer Barry and Una Ni Bhriain
Bob Kelly as Rowboat
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