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By the Bog of Cats


  • Playwright

    Marina Carr 

  • Synopsis

    The scorn of Hester Swayne, a woman abandoned once and discarded later, threatens a whole community as she awaits her mother's return to the Bog of Cats: 'God's punishing me but I won't take his blows lyin' down'. Forgiveness, vengeance and disparate forces figure in the tangled history embodied in her own powerful drama as it makes its way through heartbreak and, occasionally, hilarity, and its secrets unfold towards its tragic conclusion.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Ghost Fancier Pat Kinevane
Ghost of Joseph Swane Ronan Leahy
Carline Cassidy Fionnuala Murphy
Hester Swane Olwen Fouéré
Young Dunne Conan Sweeny
Xavier Cassidy Tom Hickey
Catwoman Joan O'Hara
Monica Murray Pat Leavy
Father Willow Eamon Kelly
Carthage Kilbride Conor McDermottroe
Mrs Kilbride Pauline Flanagan
Josie Kilbride Siobhan Cullen
Waiter Gavin Cleland
Waiter Kieran Grimes
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Designer Monica Frawley
Lighting Designer Nick Chelton
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Song by Conor Linehan
Additional Music Ruth Hickey
Stage Director Audrey Hession
Stage Director Finola Eustace
Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Assistant Stage Manager Kevin Downey
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Programme Design Total Print and Design
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

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