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Give Me Your Answer, Do!


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Setting

    The Old Manse, Ballybeg, County Donegal.

  • Synopsis

    This play is set on a sunny August afternoon in the old manse in Ballybeg in County Donegal, now the home of novelist, Tom Connolly, and his wife, Daisy. They are visited by an American agent who may, or may not, purchase Tom`s papers for an American College library. Joining them is their novelist friend, Garrett Fitzmaurice, and his wife, Grainne, whose marriage may, or may not, outlive the year. Absent from the occasion but overshadowing it by her tragedy is Bridget, the mentally-ill daughter of Tom and Daisy, who has been institutionalised since she was a child.

  • Play Type

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  • Cast Size Male


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Original Cast  
Daisy Catherine Byrne (1)
Bridget Pauline Hutton
David Darragh Kelly
Tom Tom Hickey
Garret Des McAleer
Jack David Kelly (2)
Nurse Kathleen Barrington
Maggie Aideen O'Kelly
Grainne Frances Tomelty
Production Team  
Director Brian Friel
Set Designer Frank Hallinan Flood
Lighting Mick Hughes
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Director's Assistant Kyle Donnelly
Stage Director Michael Higgins(1)
Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Make-Up Patsy Giles
Programme Irish Theatre Publications



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

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