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Charlie Gorilla


  • Playwright

    John McClelland 

  • Setting

    An imaginary zoo somewhere in the British Isles.

  • Synopsis

    Taken from the wild in Africa and held in a British zoo, Charlie fulminates against humans. Meanwhile the director of the cash-strapped zoo is in talks with a sinister South African geneticist who has plans to mate Charlie and create a new superbreed.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
Keith Dan Gordon
Journalist Dan Gordon
Doctor's Assistant Dan Gordon
Beano Sean Kearns
Journalist Sean Kearns
Doctor's Assistant Sean Kearns
Skinhead Peter Quigley
Journalist Peter Quigley
Doctor's Assistant Peter Quigley
Dr Grotz Noel McGee
Fred Anthony Finigan
Charlie Terry Bird
George Birdy Sweeney
Dr Manson Darryl Forbes Dawson
Mary Julie Maria-Reynolds
Production Team  
Director Roland Jaquarello
Designer Alison Bockh
Lighting Designer Roger Simonsz
Movement Director Jane Gibson
Fight Director Michael Poynor
Music by Debra Salem
Production Manager Rose Morris
Stage Manager Orla Golden
Technical Stage Manager Graeme Shaw
Deputy Stage Manager Martin Neill
Assistant Stage Manager Niall Cranney
Assistant Stage Manager Deborah Clarke
Set Construction Jim Carson
Scenic Artist Houston Marshall
Costume Supervisor Anne Whittaker
Wardrobe Assistant Jeanette Parkes



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    John McClelland

  • Address

    1 Balfour Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Email


Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from contemporary press cuttings.