Playography is currently undergoing an essential rebuild, technical update and maintenance. All updates are on hold until the rebuild is complete. We are continuing to work hard in the background and are still accepting submissions which will be complete in Autumn 2023. For more information visit ITI's website.


Printer Friendly

The Chance


  • Playwright

    Jackie Doyle 

  • Author Notes

    An adaptation of Peter Carey's original short story.

  • Synopsis

    The Fastalogians have given humankind the Genetic Lottery, a chance to inhabit a different body while retaining (most of) one's memories. When Paul meets and falls for Carla he is dismayed to learn that she is a Hup - one of a dissident group who rebel against the Fastas by deliberately choosing deformity.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production five additional actors appeared on prerecorded video footage.


Original Cast  
Smits Miche Doherty
Carla Renee Weldon
Paul Michael Wilson
Old Man Dave Anderson
Frankie Dominic Carter
Jane Larange Kristin Milward
Daniel Conleth Hill
Mark Gee Williams
Fasta Compère Marc O'Shea
Megan Katie Tumelty
Newsreader Nick Hardin
Newsreader Claire Connor
OB Reporter Mary Moulds
Production Team  
Director Jackie Doyle
Set Designer Terry Loane
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh
Costume Designer Ferdia Murphy
Sound Designer Bell Helicopter
Sound Ronan Hill
Sound David Kilpatrick
Fight Director Renny Krupinski
Composer Bell Helicopter
Art Director Simon Boyd
Production Manager Sarah Paulley
Stage Manager Marianne Crosslé
Technical Stage Manager Brian Gardiner
Lighting Operator Damian Cox
Sound Operator Angela Riddell
Set Construction Russell Fulton
Stage Crew Caoileann Curry
Graphic Design Gregg Dempsey
Graphic Design Ruth McLeod
Photography Jim Crone
Production Photography Chris Hill
Make-Up Valerie Butler
Gaffer Brett McCrumb
Cinematographer Conor Hammond
Cinematographer Eugene McVeigh
Video Director Terry Loane
Video Editor Derek Jones
Video Post-Production MGTV Post-Production




Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.