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Souper Sullivan


  • Playwright

    Eoghan Harris 

  • Setting

    The action of the play takes place during the Famine Years of 1846-1847, first in the Vatican and then in the village of Toormore on the Mizen Head, Cork.

  • Synopsis

    When faced with starvation and certain death, Irish Catholics are faced with a terrible choice: convert to Protestantism or starve.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Nora Daley Eileen Colgan
Major Parker Michael James Ford
Various Characters Clara Simpson
Boyo Sweeney Donagh Deeney
Scully John Olohan
Various Characters Brendan Morrissey
Matt Sullivan Maurice O'Donoghue
Mary Driscoll Fiona Mac Anna
Various Characters Christopher Neary
Murphy's Clerk Christopher Neary
Reverend William Fisher Ray McAnally
Bibler Daley Bob Carlile
Old Peig Máire Ní Ghráinne
Father Laurence Micheál Ó Briain
Dr John Cullen Philip O'Flynn
Huxter Healy Desmond Perry
Father John Murphy Godfrey Quigley
Various Characters Joy Forsythe
Various Characters David Herlihy
Violinist Sean Lennon
Singer Eithne Dempsey
Various Characters Susan Foreman
Various Characters Seán Tóibín
Various Characters Niall O'Keefe
Dinny Macdara Ó Fátharta
Production Team  
Director Tomás Mac Anna
Set Designer Robert Lane
Lighting Designer Tony Wakefield
Costume Designer Chisato Yoshimi
Sound Nuala Golden
Choreographer Geri O'Kelly
Director's Assistant Seamus O'Brien
Design Assistant Lian Callaghan
Production Manager John Costigan
Stage Director Bill Hay
Stage Manager John Andrews
Assistant Stage Manager Ruth Culleton
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Lighting Operator Mick Doyle (2)
Set Construction Paddy Rose
Set Construction Robert Dent
Set Construction Mark Darley
Scenic Artist Patricia Donnison
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Rita Sweeney
Assistant Scenic Artist Geraldine O'Malley
Photography Fergus Bourke




The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.