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The Circus of Perseverance


  • Playwright

    Philip Doherty 

  • Setting

    Dublin, 2010s

  • Synopsis

    Seven interconnected stories of city life - covering emigration, debt, abortion, racism, greed and more - are set against the backdrop of a circus ring with clowns, a ringmaster and live music.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    All but one play multiple roles.


Original Cast  
Larry Paul Marron
Businessman Paul Marron
Clown Paul Marron
Tourist Paul Marron
Luas Inspector Paul Marron
Moore St Trader Paul Marron
Radio Ad Vocalist Paul Marron
Yuppie Paul Marron
Mr Whelan Paul Marron
Property Developer Paul Marron
Fat Man Paul Marron
Kerryman Paul Marron
Club DJ Paul Marron
Tim Kevin McGahern
Turlough Kevin McGahern
Fr Mathew Kevin McGahern
Jeremy Kyle Kevin McGahern
Craic FM DJ Kevin McGahern
Connemara Man Kevin McGahern
Ringmaster Shane Carroll
Emily Amy Kellett
Old Woman Amy Kellett
Connie Amy Kellett
Ballerina Amy Kellett
Tourist Amy Kellett
Moore St Trader Amy Kellett
Amazia Amy Kellett
Yuppie Amy Kellett
Charlie Rex Ryan
Mickey Rex Ryan
Dara Rex Ryan
Jeff Rex Ryan
African Taxi Driver Rex Ryan
Grafton Street Texan Rex Ryan
McDonald's Security Rex Ryan
Yuppie Rex Ryan
Strongman Rex Ryan
Old Woman Cara Christie
Francis Cara Christie
Diane Cara Christie
Moore St Trader Cara Christie
Anastazia Cara Christie
News Reporter Cara Christie
Lin Cara Christie
Old Woman Kim McCafferty
Isabella Kim McCafferty
Maggie Kim McCafferty
Luas Passenger Kim McCafferty
Mrs Buckley Kim McCafferty
Production Team  
Director Philip Doherty
Set Joe Doherty
Lighting Designer Barry Madden
Producer Ger McNaughton
Sound Designer Alan D'Arcy
Musician Darragh Slacke
Musician Karl McHugh
Production Manager Barry Madden
Assistant Production Manager Shane Carroll
Stage Manager Rosie Cole
Assistant Stage Manager Noelle Slacke
Production Assistant Bláithín de Burca
Photography Daragh Muldowney
Video Padraig Conaty




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