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The Poor Mouth


  • Playwright

    Jocelyn Clarke 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Flann O'Brien 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the 1941 novel 'An Béal Bocht'.

  • Setting


  • Synopsis

    Bónapárt Ó Cúnasa, is a resident of Corkadoragha - a remote region of Gaelic-speaking Ireland where it never stops raining and where everyone lives in desperate poverty (and always will). Having embarked on a series of blood curdling adventures, Bónapárt has landed up in prison on a false murder charge. "Safe in jail and free from the miseries of life" he begins to write the most affecting memoir of our times.

    A new English stage version of Flann O'Brien's classic Irish-language satire.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling required


Original Cast  
Policeman Ciaran McCauley
Old Grey Fellow Ciaran McCauley
Pig John Carty
Policeman John Carty
Ferdinand John Carty
Inspector John Carty
Gaeilgeoir John Carty
Bonapart Ó Cúnasa Sandra O'Malley
Mother Kellie Hughes
Sitric Kellie Hughes
Michaelangelo O'Coonassa Kellie Hughes
Gentleman Bob Kelly
Inspector Bob Kelly
Mairtín Ó Bánasa Bob Kelly
Osborne O'Loonassa Bob Kelly
Production Team  
Director Niall Henry
Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Barry McKinney
Sound Joe Hunt
Production Manager Peter Davey
Stage Manager Niamh Devaney
Set Construction Peter Davey
Set Construction F. Sturgess
Make-Up Sharon McCormack


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Blue Raincoat Theatre Company

  • Address

    The Factory Performance Space
    Lower Quay Street, Sligo
    Co. Sligo
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)71 917 0431

  • Email

  • Website


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