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Poor Beast in the Rain


  • Playwright

    Billy Roche 

  • Notes

    Poor Beast in the Rain, alongside 'A Handful of Stars' and 'Belfry' (both listed separately), is part of a trilogy of plays known as 'The Wexford Trilogy'.

  • Synopsis

    Eileen works in her father's betting shop. Molly, Steven and Joe manage to keep their regrets about the past safely locked away and young Georgie is ready to turn his back on the outside world and follow their example, until the return of the legendary Danger Doyle. Having turned his back on the cycle of missed opportunities and thwarted desires to run away to London with Eileen's mother, Danger Doyle now offers Eileen the possibility of escape.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Date of First Production

    08 November 1989

  • Producer

    Produced by The Bush Theatre

  • Original Venue

    The Bush Theatre

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The Irish Premiere of 'Poor Beast in the Rain' was presented by The Angels Club in the Andrews Lane Theatre as part of the 1990 Dublin Theatre Festival. The production was directed by Brian de Salvo, and produced in association with the Theatre Festival.

    A subsequent production of the play was presented on the Peacock Stage of the Abbey Theatre on the 14 January 1993.

Original Cast  
Molly Dearbhla Molloy
Joe Des McAleer
Georgie Gary Lydon
Steven Denis Quilligan
Danger George Irving
Eileen Catherine Cusack
Production Team  
Director Robin Lefevre
Designer Andrew Wood
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh





The information for this entry was taken from the published script.