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Semi-Private

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Mary Halpin 

  • Setting

    A semi-private ward in a Dublin hospital.

  • Synopsis

    Semi-Private is set in a gynaecological ward of a Dublin hospital. The four patients, a nun, a hard-nosed feminist, a nouveau riche housewife and an outspoken working-class shop girl, all have medical problems that are somewhat a reflection of their individual lifestyles, and may hide deeper psychological problems. In such close proximity to each other, the four women are forced to deal with each other's differences.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    5

  • Cast Size Female

    10

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Dr. Prendergast Edward Byrne
Mrs. O'Meara Hardy Daphne Carroll
Medical Student Patrick Chambers
Betty Hogan Liz Davis
Medical Student Valerie Egan
Samantha Daly Isobel Mahon
Maggie Mary McEvoy
Father O'Brien Kevin McHugh
Nurse Coughlan Deirdre Monaghan
Mrs. Imelda Quirke Laurie Morton
Brendan Daly Donal O'Kelly
Nurse Clare Farrell Gabrielle Reidy
Sister Monica Helen Robinson
Sister Agnes Paul Britta Smith
Frank Kavanagh Alan Stanford
Production Team  
Director Pat Laffan
Set Designer Alpho O'Reilly
Lighting Designer Albert Cassells
Director of Productions Hilton Edwards
Technical Director Robert Heade
Stage Director Ann Myler
Assistant Stage Director Patrick Chambers
Assistant Stage Director Valerie Egan
Stage Carpenter Paul Myler
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Wardrobe Mistress Marie Clasby
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    Mary Halpin

  • Address

    27 Glenlawn Drive, The Park, Cabinteely
    Dublin 18
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    2mthalpin@eircom.net

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Halpin

  • Address

    27 Glenlawn Drive, The Park, Cabinteely
    Dublin 18
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    2mthalpin@eircom.net

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from the 1982 Dublin Theatre Festival programme.