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A Garden Party

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Brendan Behan 

  • Setting

    Set in Dublin in the 1950's.

  • Notes

    Originally commissioned by Radio Eireann and broadcast in 1952, The Pike Theatre Club staged Moving Out and A Garden Party as a short two-act piece entitled 'The New House'. It was presented as a companion piece to 'The Big House'.

  • Synopsis

    The Hannigan's have moved out to the suburbs from the city centre, and Mrs. Hannigan wants to make use of the gardens front and rear. Having bought a load of manure, she instructs the men of the house to dig it in to the soil...but the menfolk will try any way possible to avoid lifting a finger....

  • Play Type

    Adaptation/Translation

  • Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    7

  • Cast Size Female

    5

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    06 May 1968

  • Producer

    Produced by The Pike Theatre

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Pike Theatre Club.

Original Cast  
Gabble Gibbon Charles Roberts
Noel Hannigan Christopher Fitz-Simon
Voice of Squad Car Announcer Christopher Fitz-Simon
Mrs. Hanratty May Ollis
Seamus Hannigan Morgan Redmond
Garda Sergeant Gearóid Ó Lochlainn
Jim Hannigan Michael McCabe(2)
Garda Hegarty Denis Hickey
Mrs. Carmody Marcella Grimes
Chris Hannigan Ann Coghlan
Eileen Hannigan Nuala O'Faoláin
News Vendor May Fitzmaurice
Garda Finnegan Joseph Gallagher
Production Team  
Director Alan Simpson
Designer Alan Simpson
Set Designer John Jay
Assistant Director Carolyn Swift
Set Construction Edmund Kelly
Set Painter John Jay

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Behan: The Complete Plays.

  • Year

    1978

  • Published By

    Methuen

  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ
    England

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website

    www.methuen.co.uk

  • ISBN

    0413387801

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Information for this entry was taken from the published script.