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Parental Guidance


  • Playwright

    Eamonn Kelly 

  • Notes

    Parental Guidance was originally produced as a lunchtime production by The Comedy Cumann at the King's Head Bar, Galway, in 1996. The play received its professional premiere, as listed, as a companion piece to Religious Knowledge (listed separately).

  • Synopsis

    This one-act comedy was written as the prequel to Religious Knowledge (listed separately). Using a theatrical device whereby the actors play the students of a Christian Brothers’ primary school in the first half of the play, and their parents on the day of the Parent Teacher meeting in the second, the play investigates the many similarities between children and their parents. The Brother, however, remains the constant presence throughout.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cross-casting is necessary. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
The Brother David Peare
Dunphy/Mr. Dunphy Martin Lucey
McQuaid/Mrs. McQuaid Martina Carroll
Fogarty/Mr. Fogarty Peter O'Meara (2)
Production Team  
Director Geoff Gould
Designer Patrick Murray
Lighting Designer Paul Denby
Producer Patrick Talbot
Choreographer Jane Kelleghan
Sound Assistant Ian Cudmore
Stage Manager Maria Young
Assistant Stage Manager Mary Manning (2)
Assistant Stage Manager Kathy D'Arcy
Assistant Stage Manager Claire Quinlan
Sound Operator Mark Donovan
Set Construction Stefan Turing
Set Construction Jim Casey
Wardrobe Supervisor Madeline Murray
Poster Designer Raven Design
Programme Design Great Graphics
Photography Raven Design
Photography F22 Photography
Make-Up Mary Keane
Key Grip Dinny O'Sullivan




The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer. The synopsis and contact information was supplied by the author.