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Blackwater Angel


  • Playwright

    Jim Nolan 

  • Setting

    Near Affane, County Waterford, 1666.

  • Synopsis

    Set in County Waterford in the dangerous summer of 1666, when 'the world is rational and wonders have ceased'. This play dramatises the temptations of Valentine Greatrakes (1629-1683) and explores the relationships of this 'stroker', or miracle-worker, with his art and his anxieties and fears with his family and retinue and with a troupe of strolling players. Above all, this play weighs the effects of the siren-like foundling, Angel Landy, as the healer aspires to bestow peace on others and to achieve it within himself.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
Lizzie Maher Catherine Walsh (1)
Martin Reilly Conan Sweeny
Theatrical Troop Conan Sweeny
Ellen Reilly Gertrude Montgomery
Theatrical Troop Gertrude Montgomery
Mathias Everard Robert O'Mahoney
Michael Maher Michael Hayes (1)
Theatrical Troop Jude Sweeney
Eustacia Everard Cathy White
Valentine Greatrakes John Lynch(2)
Ruth Julia Lane
Thomas Wyvern Chris McHallem
Angel Landy Laura Rogers
Theresa Lise Hearns
Theatrical Troop Lise Hearns
Young Michael Maher Seán Dunne (2)
Production Team  
Director Ben Barnes
Set Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Designer Dave Nolan
Composer Ilona Sekacz
Staff Director David Parnell
Assistant Costume Designer Catherine Fay
Stage Director Finola Eustace
Assistant Stage Manager Gabrielle McGrath
Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Programme Design Red Dog Design
Photography Paul McCarthy (2)
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Singing Coach Paul Keenan




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