The First Bad Man

A book club based on the novel by Miranda July

Pan Pan

  • Theatre
  • Performance
  • Participate
  • Sitting
Buy tickets$52 — $56
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A person standing up at a book club, holding Miranda July's book The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

A performative book club that lives the fiction of Miranda July’s debauched classic. 

Welcome to the Pan Pan's book club, where the first and only book you'll be reading all year is Miranda July's The First Bad Man. More than just a staging of scenes from the book or a literary dissection, The First Bad Man is an immersive, comedic, and occasionally combative look at the overlap between the play's characters and its inspirations.

July's writing addresses the delicate balance between the satisfaction of engagement and the risk of harm when we dare to show our true selves. As the members of the book club get into the book, it gets into them. Is this a club based in good faith? Or have you stepped into something darker than you signed up for?

If you're booked for 3pm session on Sunday 9 June, hang out for a post-show Q&A with the cast and Pan Pan Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director Gavin Quinn. It's happening from 4pm until 5pm.

Artistic Team


Mollyanna Ennis


Mish Grigor


Faith Jones

Directed by

Gavin Quinn

Designed by

Aedín Cosgrove

Music by

Simon Kenny

Movement Director

Katherine O’Malley

Assistant Director

Grace Morgan

Produced by

Emma Coen

Stage Manager

Clare Howe

A book club based on the novel by Miranda July.

Created by Mish Grigor and Gavin Quinn with Aedín Cosgrove, Luka Costello, Clare Howe, Sonya Kelly, Simon Kenny, Grace Morgan, Katherine O’Malley and Dylan Tighe.


Pan Pan is supported by the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council. The First Bad Man was re-developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio’s Generate programme.

Supported by Readings.