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The Wind of the Word

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy 

  • Notes

    A play for primary school students.

  • Synopsis

    A theatrical telling of the legend Labhrai Lionsaigh, the king with the donkey's ears. To hide his dread secret, Labhrai remains aloof and cold to all, including the princess who loves him. Deep in the forest on a hunting trip, Labhrai asks a young woodcutter to cut his hair. Seeing the king's ears, the woodcutter is bound to keep the king's secret. Unable to confide it even to his mother, the woodcutter becomes withdrawn and secretive. A druid tells the woodcutter to travel alone into the forest and tell it to the Tree of Good Counsel. As the wind rustles the leaves of the tree, the secret is whispered onto the wind.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    4

  • Cast Size Female

    2

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    15 June 1981

  • Producer

    Produced by TEAM Educational Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed as part of a tour to schools.

Original Cast  
The Princess Bernie Downes
The Scottish Ambassador Jack Lynch
The Queen Ruth McCabe
Labhra Guy Carleton
Piper Mick Coyne
Eoin The Harper Paul Conway
Production Team  
Director Susie Kennedy
Designer Carol Betera
Photography Beth Ridgell
Administrator Tim O'Neill

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy

  • Address

    Carrigahorig
    Nenagh
    Co. Tipperary
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    maryelizbk@gmail.com

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy

  • Address

    Carrigahorig
    Nenagh
    Co. Tipperary
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    maryelizbk@gmail.com

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original promotional material held in TEAM's archive.