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  • Playwright

    Margaret Perry 

  • Setting

    Tipperary 1895 and London 2017.

  • Notes

    The programmed noted that The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story by Angela Bourke was an invaluable resource in researching the lives of Bridget and Michael Cleary. 

  • Synopsis

    Tipperary, 1895. Bridget Cleary’s not feeling quite herself. Her husband believes she has been taken by fairies and a changeling left in her place, with devastating consequences. London, 2017. Hat is a new mother. She has a great life. So why does she want to disappear?

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The character of Silvertongue is a shapeshifter and can be played by any gender.


Original Cast  
Bill Bamshad Abedi-Amin
Bridget Cleary Toni O'Rourke
Hat Lola Petticrew
Michael Cleary Keith McErlean
Sarah Caitríona Ennis
Silvertongue Helen Norton
Production Team  
Director Cathal Cleary
Set & Costume Designer Cécile Trémolières
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Composer & Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Casting Amy Rowan
Dramaturg Jesse Weaver
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Voice Director Andrea Ainsworth
Production Manager Cliff Barragry
Stage Manager Diarmuid O'Quigley
Deputy Stage Manager Anne Kyle
Set Builder Ian Thompson
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Sign Language Interpreter Ali Stewart



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Address

    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 887 2200

  • Email

  • Website


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