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  • Playwright

    Marie Jones (1) 

  • Notes

    'Ruby' features a number of songs originally performed by Ruby Murray. These feature in the play both as original recordings and as songs performed live by the actress playing 'Ruby'.

  • Synopsis

    The bitter-sweet story of Ruby Murray, Belfast-born major singing talent and 'Heartbeat Girl' of the 1950s. Intercutting between past and present, the play moves from Ruby's humble beginnings through her path to stardom, and then to her personal struggle between family life with her children, and a deep-rooted need to keep singing. Unhappy and increasingly addicted to alcohol, Ruby makes a difficult choice and leaves her family for a tough life on tour performing for her adoring fans.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In this play, one female actor plays the part of Ruby and the three other actors (two male, one female) play all other characters.

Original Production

Original Cast  
All other parts Dan Gordon
Ruby Murray Julia Dearden
All other parts Sean Kearns
All other parts Brenda Winter
Production Team  
Director Ian McElhinney
Set Designer Houston Marshall
Producer Eamon Quinn
Lighting Designer John Riddell
Costume Designer Louise Stewart
Sound Designer Adrian Sweeney
Sound Designer John Riddell
Choreographer Sean Kearns
Music by Jules Maxwell
Musical Director Wilson Shields
Musician Wilson Shields
Assistant Producer Orla McGrady
Production Manager Marianne Crosslé
Technical Stage Manager Steve Shaw
Technical Stage Manager Adrian Sweeney
Set Construction The Workshop
PR Franklin Creative
Programme Design McCadden Design Group
Programme Design Ruth McLeod
Dialect Coach Brendan Gunn
Associate Lighting Designer Gary Warmington
Make-Up Valerie Butler
Hair by Valerie Butler

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the production script, programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by Tinderbox Theatre Company