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In Ireland We Rented a Car from Criminals ()

Produced by

Dumb Ax Productions and Write in the Kisser

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Rod Macpherson
Director: Andrew Johnston


Streetcar Crowsnest – The Guloien Theatre


July 3rd, 2019 – July 13th, 2019


In Ireland We Rented a Car from Criminals follows Tom and Mary over the rocky hillsides of County Clare in search of their long-dead ancestors in the famine graveyards. Along the way, they meet an Irish dozen of storytellers — the landlady at the B&B, the tour guide at the stone fort, the old woman in the cotter’s hut, the sister at the parish records office, and the graveyard historian, plus farmers, singers, musicians, house boaters, and friendly Irish motorists. We also meet Aidan, the manager of the car-rental kiosk, who’s planned an unhappy ending for Tom and Mary’s vacation. (


Lauren Allen Mary
Nathan Coppens Tom

Creative Team

Rod Macpherson Playwright
Andrew Johnston Director
Lauren Allen Assistant Director
Mike Klein Sound Designer


Rod Macpherson Producer