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The Rock Station


  • Playwright

    Ger FitzGibbon 

  • Setting

    Set in the interior of an old wooden lighthouse, on an offshore rocky island outcrop, off Co.Clare in 1866 - a period of considerable political unrest.

  • Synopsis

    Peter - reclusive, thoughtful and apolitical - is staffing the lighthouse on his own when his ebullient and extrovert brother Eddy arrives unexpectedly. Eddy is ostensibly concerned about the sudden and inexplicably disappearance of the second lighthouse keeper, Harty, having gone missing mysteriously days earlier. Gradually, in the cooped up confinement of the lighthouse, political differences and old family feuds break out between the two brothers. Eddy's interest in Harty turns out to be more than casual. At the climax of the play, having discovered a plan to land arms, Eddy attempts to use an experimental lighthouse lamp to signal the gunrunners. He dies in this attempt. Peter, cleaning and preparing the body of his brother, breaks down, wrecking the lighthouse interior, only to reveal the depth of Harty's betrayal of him.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male



  • Date of First Production

    21 October 1992

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Soho Theatre Company, London.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First presented at the Cockpit Theatre, London.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The Irish premiere was presented at the Granary Theatre, Cork by Meridian Theatre Company on October 12th, 1995.

Original Cast  
Peter Peter Caffrey
Eddy Sean Cranitch
Production Team  
Director Abigail Morris
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Chris Jaegar
Music by Richard Haycock


  • Title

    The Rock Station

  • Year


  • Published By

    Meridian Theatre Company in assocaition with The Collins Press

  • Address

    Carey's Lane, The Huguenot Quarter
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)21 434 7717

  • ISBN


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  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Ger Fitzgibbon

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


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