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Backsides to the Wind


  • Playwright

    Michael Harding 

  • Setting

    The Kineely Residence, A border town in County Monaghan.

  • Synopsis

    Set in the misguided extension to their large house, Denis and Patsy Kineely are about to host a lunch for the Irish President, visiting the area in support of a scheme for the travelling community. The other guests include Harry, Denis's eccentric older brother, his daughter Carmel, in flight from a failed marriage, a Protestant minister and his wife and Rose, a local teenager drafted in to help for the day. Despite the Kineely's best efforts, the lunch spirals out of control, leaving the various characters to pick up the pieces in the President's wake.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Rose Orla McGovern
Doctor Livingston Des Braiden
Carmel Julia Dearden
Harry Tom Hickey
Aide-De-Camp Keith Dunphy
Patsy Doreen Keogh
Denis Frank McDonald
Mrs Livingston Tani Bentis
Production Team  
Director Michael Harding
Designer Ben Hennessy
Producer Liam Rellis
Lighting Designer Jim Daly
Sound Dave Nolan
Assistant Director Tom Hickey
Production Manager Brian Treacy
Assistant Production Manager Jim Meagher
Stage Director Mary Boland
Assistant Stage Manager Keith Dunphy
Sound Technician Mary Boland
Set Construction Jim Whelan
Set Construction Harry Hannon
Set Construction Tom Galvin
Set Construction Wayne Mathews
Scenic Artist Ben Hennessy
Scenic Artist Clare Scott
Wardrobe Mona Manahan
Crew Liam Meagher
Crew Jim Meagher
Crew Elaine Walsh
Crew Liz Connolly
Lighting Technician Stephen Ryan (2)
PR Liam Rellis
PR Kate Bowe (Bowe Communications)
Photography Eoin Murphy (1)
Advertising Paddy Greene
Hair by Mary Coppinger
Hair by Valerie Power
Administrator Catherine Collins
Administrator Ger Meagher



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Harding

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, press release and press reviews.