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  • Playwright

    Mary Halpin 

  • Setting

    A semi-private ward in a Dublin hospital.

  • Synopsis

    Semi-Private is set in a gynaecological ward of a Dublin hospital. The four patients, a nun, a hard-nosed feminist, a nouveau riche housewife and an outspoken working-class shop girl, all have medical problems that are somewhat a reflection of their individual lifestyles, and may hide deeper psychological problems. In such close proximity to each other, the four women are forced to deal with each other's differences.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Frank Kavanagh Alan Stanford
Brendan Daly Donal O'Kelly
Nurse Coughlan Deirdre Monaghan
Medical Student Patrick Chambers
Maggie Mary McEvoy
Betty Hogan Liz Davis
Nurse Clare Farrell Gabrielle Reidy
Sister Agnes Paul Britta Smith
Father O'Brien Kevin McHugh
Mrs. Imelda Quirke Laurie Morton
Dr. Prendergast Edward Byrne
Medical Student Valerie Egan
Mrs. O'Meara Hardy Daphne Carroll
Sister Monica Helen Robinson
Samantha Daly Isobel Mahon
Production Team  
Director Pat Laffan
Set Designer Alpho O'Reilly
Lighting Designer Albert Cassells
Director of Productions Hilton Edwards
Technical Director Robert Heade
Stage Director Ann Myler
Assistant Stage Director Patrick Chambers
Assistant Stage Director Valerie Egan
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Stage Carpenter Paul Myler
Wardrobe Mistress Marie Clasby
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones


  • Contact

    Mary Halpin

  • Address

    27 Glenlawn Drive, The Park, Cabinteely
    Dublin 18
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Halpin

  • Address

    27 Glenlawn Drive, The Park, Cabinteely
    Dublin 18
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from the 1982 Dublin Theatre Festival programme.