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  • Playwright

    Wesley Burrowes 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in the study of the Dean of Ards and Duck, and thereafter alternates between the Men's Reading Room and the Mens Confraternity on Duck Island situated off the coast of Co. Down, in Strangford Lough.

  • Synopsis

    This comedy is set on the allegorical island of Duck, where people hold beliefs because their fathers, grand-fathers and great-great-grandfathers held them. Change is considered to be an insolent affront to the natural order, and the earnest efforts of professional conciliators and international do-gooders are seen to be about as useful and practical as the gold on whin-bushes.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast-doubling is possible. See original production for details.


  • Date of First Production

    16 August 1980

  • Producer

    Produced by Irish Theatre Company (2)

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at the Convent of Mercy, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

Original Cast  
Muriel Boggs Stella McCusker
Mickey Pat McGinn J.J. Murphy
Valery Huggins Máire Hastings
Mr. Dixon Alan Stanford
Assistant Delivery Man Joe O'Byrne
Rev. Albert Stokes John Olohan
John Willie Todd Louis Rolston
Delivery Man Conor McDermottroe
Willie John McClurg Godfrey Quigley
Paddy Mick O'Hare Edward Byrne
Dean of Ards and Ducks Eric Erskine
Fr. Feeney Eric Erskine
Daniel Weir Liam Sweeney
Fr. Malachy James Lancaster
Production Team  
Director Christopher Fitz-Simon
Designer Monica Frawley
Lighting Designer Julian Erskine
Production Manager Julian Erskine
Stage Director Eddie Lynch
Stage Manager Gillian Moore
Assistant Stage Manager Joe O'Byrne
Assistant Stage Manager Conor McDermottroe
Set Construction National Film Studios of Ireland
Wardrobe Supervisor Geraldine Moran
Wardrobe Assistant Anne O'Halloran
Administrator Phelim Donlon


  • Contact

    Wesley Burrowes

  • Address

    Church Road, Bray
    Co Wicklow
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 2868796


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Wesley Burrowes

  • Address

    Church Road, Bray
    Co Wicklow
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 2868796


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