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Shoot the Butterfly


  • Playwright

    Thomas McLaughlin 

  • Notes

    A play for 16-18 year olds.

  • Synopsis

    Annabel is leaving school and leaving her adolescence. She’s on the brink of something important and yet nobody seems to have noticed. Her parents have problems of their own. Her friends don’t seem to understand where she is at and her beloved sister isn’t there when she needs her. She wants to be taken seriously as an individual. She needs something to happen, something that’s going to show them all she’s somebody that matters… and then she comes face to face with the eco warriors.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
Johnny Alan King
Terry Alan King
Jo Aoife O'Beirne
Fiona Aoife O'Beirne
Claire Aoife O'Beirne
Poppy Aoife O'Beirne
Rose Muireann Ahern
Sheila Muireann Ahern
Derek Brent Hearne
Frank Brent Hearne
Annabel Orlagh de Bhaldraithe
Production Team  
Director Martin Murphy
Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Company Director Liz Cosgrove
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  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Thomas McLaughlin

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the teachers' information pack for the original production.