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The Carnival King


  • Playwright

    Ian Kilroy 

  • Setting

    A small rural community.

  • Synopsis

    The Carnival King is set in contemporary rural Ireland where a bitter family plot a twisted revenge on a man they know, but cannot prove, committed a murder. This is a dark morality fable of blood and justice, set against the backdrop of carnival excess.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Phillis Derrane Joan Sheehy
Christy Ruane Gerard Byrne
Francis Devine John Finegan
Cathal Lynch Eamonn Hunt
Justin Courtney Frank O'Sullivan
Production Team  
Director Jim Culleton
Set Designer Robert Ballagh
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Producer Jo Mangan
Costume Designer Gabby Dowling
Costume Assistant Marcella Riordan (2)
Fight Director Paul Burke
Composer Laura Forrest-Hay
Relight Technician Rob Furey
Production Manager Trevor Ahearn
Stage Director Shelley Bourke
Stand-in Stage Director Breege Brennan
Stage Manager Marjolijn Venema
Stand-in Stage Manager Maura Howe
Graphic Design Brian Fay
Graphic Design Power House
Photography Colm Hogan
Photography Brendan Duffy
Administrator Cerstin Mudiwa

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Fishamble/Pigsback First Plays

  • Year


  • Published By

    New Island Books

  • Address

    2 Brookside, Dundrum Road
    Dublin 14
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 298 9937

  • Email


  • ISBN


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Fishamble: The New Play Company

  • Address

    3 Great Denmark Street,
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 670 4018

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by a member of Fishamble Theatre Company.