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The Unmanageable Sisters


  • Playwright

    Deirdre Kinahan 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Michel Tremblay 

  • Adapted From Notes

    A new version of Tremblay's Les Belles-Soeurs. 

  • Setting

    Ballymun, Dublin, 1974

  • Notes

    The opening night, originally scheduled for Thursday 1st March, was postponed due to snow.

  • Synopsis

    Green Shield stamps, a million of them, and Ger Lawless has won them all. It’s Ballymun in 1974 and happiness is at her fingertips. But when 15 friends and family gather to help her claim her winnings, all bets are off!

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Rose O'Brien Karen Ardiff
Gabby Joyce Clare Barrett (1)
Lilly de Courcey Charlotte Bradley
Olive Doyle Noelle Brown (1)
Angie Smith Catherine Byrne (1)
Ruthie Barrett Rachael Dowling
Marie Doyle Tina Kellegher
Patsy Guerin Lisa Lambe
Janet Mooney Sarah Madigan
Linda Lawless Clare Monnelly
Yvonne Long Mary O'Driscoll
Ger Lawless Marion O'Dwyer
Dolly Snow Rynagh O'Grady
Lisa Pearse Caoimhe O'Malley
Teresa Doyle Catherine Walsh (1)
Additional Voices Owen Roe
Production Team  
Director Graham McLaren
Set Designer Colin Richmond
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Movement Co-ordinator Eddie Kay
Voice Director Andrea Ainsworth
Associate Director Sarah Baxter
Associate Dramaturg Eleanor White
Casting Maureen Hughes
Casting Sarah Jones(2)
Production Manager Chris Hay
Stage Manager Danny Erskine
Deputy Stage Manager Tara Furlong
Assistant Stage Manager Audrey Rooney
Graphic Design ZOO Digital
Publicity Photography Ros Kavanagh
Production Photography Ros Kavanagh
Sign Language Interpreter Caroline O'Leary
Audio Description Bríd Ní Ghruagáin
Audio Description Máirín Harte
Captioning Michael Poynor




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