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It's a Waste of Time, Tracey


  • Playwright

    Marie Jones (1) 

  • Setting

    Belfast, 1989

  • Notes

    A play for 14-18 year olds examining the environmental concerns and responsibilities of young people in Northern Ireland.

  • Synopsis

    Tracey is a bored 16-year-old attempting, for the sake of her mother's sanity, to keep peace between the Gothics, led by her brother, Soup, and the Psychobillies, featuring Aggro and Dodo. Terrified by a vision of Belfast as an environmental disaster spot 40 years from now, Tracey galvanises all parties into attempting to save the local youth centre from the clutches of an American fast-food chain.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast-doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    09 October 1989

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Hazelwood College, Whiteabbey, Belfast as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
Dodo Libby Smyth
Dennis Smeaton Brian McGabhan
Therapist Brian McGabhan
Stew Catherine Brennan
Soup Campbell Andrew Roddy
Tracey Tracey Lynch
Agro Michael Liebmann
Myrna Libby Smyth
Mrs. Campbell Libby Smyth
Maxi Brian McGabhan
Production Team  
Director Vincent Dempsey
Designer Houston Marshall
Movement Director Peter Quigley
Composer Rod McVey
Musical Director Rod McVey
Stage Manager Carrie-Anne McAlonan-McCrudden
Wardrobe Carol Scanlan
Education Officer Frank Quinn
Secretary Irene Swift
Company Artistic Director Brenda Winter

Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.