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A Light In the Sky


  • Playwright

    Donal Giltinan 

  • Synopsis

    Dealing with a highly dramatic period in the life of Robert Emmet, the famous 18th Century failed revolutionary, Giltinan asks many questions of history. How aspiring for martyrdom was he? Was he a fair man? Was his judgement clouded by his infatuation with the daughter of John Philpot Curran? Were his efforts to seize Dublin Castle futile, given his small number of followers?

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Original Cast  
Lord Justice Norbury Pat Laffan
Various Characters Barry McGovern
Robert Emmet T.P. McKenna
Thomas Moore Peadar Lamb
Sarah Curran Angela Newman
Amelia Curran Aideen O'Kelly
Anne Devlin Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Jemmy Hope Harry Brogan
Stranger Bill Foley
Standish O'Grady Bill Foley
Various Characters Clive Geraghty
Major Sirr Edward Golden
Major Swann Geoff Golden
Perrott Micheál Ó Briain
Leonard MacNally Micheál Ó hAonghusa
John Philpot Curran Philip O'Flynn
Caretaker Desmond Perry
Jailer Dunn James Caffrey
Thomas Russell Pat Layde
Shebeen Keeper's Wife Brid Lynch
William T. Plunkett Vincent Dowling
Various Characters Éamon Mac Simóin
Various Characters Sean Mac Simóin
United Irishman Seoirse MacGabhann
Various Characters Tomás de Shiuin
United Irishman Eoin Ó Súilleabháin
Shebeen Keeper Alex Dignam (2)
United Irishman Raymond Macken
United Irishman Éamon Brennan
United Irishman Brendan Matthews
United Irishman Tony McDonnell
Various Characters Brian O'Raghallaigh
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Frank Dermody


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