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Ground Control to Davy Mental


  • Playwright

    Damian Gorman 

  • Notes

    A play with songs for 14-18 year olds.

  • Synopsis

    Davy Mental is fed up with being normal. He wants to stand out from the crowd. He wants to be admired. He wants to be special, not like his workaday father. But is alcohol the answer? Despite warnings from those around him, nineteen-year-old Davy keeps trying to be different until one day, following a scene he has created at the funeral of a friend, he disappears. Months later, his father is still missing him, despite everything, but Davy simply knows he had to go.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast members also play a range of other characters.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 September 1992

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Royal School, Armagh, as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
Jack Gordon Richard Orr
Jonty Peter Richey
Davy Gordon Dudi Appleton
Jo Eileen McCloskey
Hilary O'Neill Laura Hughes
Production Team  
Director David Grant
Designer Frank Quinn
Producer Jan Branch
Composer Nico Brown
Stage Manager Thomas Marshall
Set Construction Thomas Marshall
Education Officer Frank Quinn
Secretary Irene Swift
Company Artistic Director Brenda Winter

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Replay Theatre Company

  • Address

    East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    BT5 4FP
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0) 28 9045 4562

  • Email


  • Website


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.