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  • Playwright

    Sebastian Barry 

  • Synopsis

    Johnny Silvester, is a disgraced Irish elder statesman facing a tribunal's charges of corruption. But, as he sits in his Georgian mansion in the Dublin hinterland, he confronts more immediate accusers. His wife never lets him forget his 15 years of sexual infidelity. His once brilliant son has turned into a suicidal depressive. An undergraduate interviewer taunts him with betrayal of his country. A ghostly politician thrice emerges Banquo-like from the bookcase to promise that the fires of hell are being stoked against his arrival.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    17 January 2002

  • Producer

    Co-produced by Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach and Royal National Theatre and Out of Joint

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, England.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The original production subsequently toured to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, opening on the Abbey Satge in February, 2002.

Original Cast  
Connie Anna Healy
Daisy Dearbhla Molloy
Jack Phelim Drew
Cornelius Kieran Ahern
Stephen James Hayes
Johnny Silvester Patrick Malahide
Aisling Lucianne McEvoy
Production Team  
Director Max Stafford Clark
Designer Es Devlin
Lighting Johanna Town
Sound Paul Arditti
Fight Director Terry King
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Assistant Director Matthew Wilde
Company Manager Christine Hathway
Production Manager Sacha Milroy
Stage Manager Christine Hathway
Deputy Stage Manager Sally McKenna
Assistant Stage Manager Leila Jones
Construction Manager Peter Rose
Costume Supervisor Fizz Jones
Chief Electrician Tim Bray
Graphic Design Iain Lanyon
Photography John Haynes
Casting Marie Kelly (1)
Casting Serena Hill
Programme Red Dog Design



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Independent Talent Group

  • Address

    40 Whitfield Street
    London W1T 2RH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7636 6565

  • Website


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