“A truly brilliant read … No other writer has captured this time so accurately and with such insight and humour” – Dermot Bolger

“We’re going to make a play out of our own lives and we’re putting it on in three weeks. Now let’s get started....”


A new memoir from acclaimed playwright and director Peter Sheridan, Break A Leg tells the story of his life in the theatre, and meanwhile touches on so much more.

Break a Leg is not just about Sheridan’s life, but also about the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The theatre, seen through Sheridan’s eyes, can do much more than entertain; it can itself be a vehicle of social change.

Honestly confronting his emerging problems with panic attacks and alcohol, and blending social history with memoir, Sheridan’s story is written in gutsy, fresh prose that captures your attention from the first page.

“… it wasn’t just any story but OUR story we were telling. We were giving value and meaning to our struggle – the courts, the social welfare system – and we were doing it in a way that pricked the conscience of the audience and entertained them….”

About The Author:
Peter Sheridan is a writer, theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. He was one of the founder members of Project Theatre Company. He has worked with Charabanc Theatre Company and the Royal Court Theatre where he directed his own plays, The Liberty Suit (in collaboration with Gerard Mannix Flynn) and Emigrants. He is the author of 44 - A Dublin Memoir (1999) and Forty-Seven Roses (2001). He has also contributed to New Island’s successful and groundbreaking Open Door Series with his short novellas, Old Money, New Money and Bullet and the Ark.