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The Fall of the Second Republic


  • Playwright

    Michael West 

  • Author Notes

    Created by Michael West and Annie Ryan.

  • Setting

    Dublin, 1970s.

  • Notes

    This production closed early due to the Abbey Theatre's closure in line with Government restrictions in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Synopsis

    In a time of political turmoil and instability, ambitious young journalist Emer Hackett creates havoc for fading Taoiseach Manny Spillane and his legacy. Their paths cross in the ruins of an old theatre, set to be the site for a banking centre, which promises to bring wealth to the Irish economy as well to Spillane and his cohorts. A look at what Ireland might have become 50 years after its independence, and how fragile the norms that govern us really are. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Significant cross-casting takes place, with each performer playing several characters (with the exception of the actor playing Emer Hackett)


Original Cast  
Manny Spillane T.D. and Con Andrew Bennett
Tom Carney and Billy Kinlan T.D. Declan Conlon
Finbar Lowe and Des Lackin T.D. John Doran
Emer Hackett Caitríona Ennis
Goretti Horan, Síle Foyle T.D. and Peggy Morgan Anna Healy
Maeve Spillane-Lackin, Secretary Lunny and Sharon Camille Lucy Ross
Oonagh Cassidy T.D. and Joan Walsh Niamh McCann
Florry Daniels T.D., Mick Keogh and others Eddie Murphy
Mossie Daniels T.D., Ed Buttimer and Garda Muldoon Patrick Ryan
Production Team  
Director Annie Ryan
Set Designer Katie Davenport
Costume Designer Saileóg O'Halloran
Lighting Designer Sinead Wallace
Composer Denis Clohessy
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Video Designer José Miguel Jiménez
Producer Aisling Ormonde
Company Stage Manager Roxzan Bowes
Assistant Stage Manager Sue Crawford
Dresser Christina Byrne
Dresser Susan Byrne
Hair & Make-Up Lorraine Brennan
Sign Language Interpreter Amanda Coogan
Captioning Glenda Carson
Set Builder Theatre Production Services Ltd
Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Voice Director Andrea Ainsworth
Producer Jen Coppinger
Production Manager Sally Withnell
Deputy Stage Manager Tara Furlong
Props Master Eimer Murphy
Props Assistant Adam O'Connell
Costume Supervisor Siofra Ni Chiardha
Marketing Maura Campbell
Publicity O'Doherty Communications
Graphic Design ZOO Digital



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Tracy Elliston, Judy Daish Associates Ltd

  • Address

    2 St Charles Place
    London W10 6EG

  • Phone

    + 44 20 8964 8811

  • Email

  • Website


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