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Dome Sweet Dome


  • Playwright

    John McClelland 

  • Notes

    A play for and with young people in special schools (8-11 year olds) as part of a Theatre Residency programme, examining concepts of time and numbers alongside themes of addiction and the danger of strangers.

  • Synopsis

    Mr and Mrs Millennium live in the Dome in a community which includes Big Ben and an assortment of orphaned numbers the Millenniums have rescued. Left on his own one day, Mr Millennium is bribed with sherbet into opening the door of the Dome to a stranger. It's The Bug, a nasty visitor who scrambles the numbers up and causes Big Ben to stop working. An anti-bug buster is called for, and the best in the business arrives. Brenda Bug Buster fixes the numbers and restores Big Ben, so that when Mrs Millennium gets home from her shopping trip, she finds the whole community singing and happy.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible and many parts are non-gender specific. See original production for details. Two cast members also operate puppets who play a range of parts.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    15 May 2000

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick, as part of a theatre residency tour.

Original Cast  
All other parts (by puppet) Maureen Macauley
All other parts (by puppet) Heather Long
Big Ben Libby Smyth
Mrs. Millennium Laura Hughes
Bug Laura Hughes
Bug buster Laura Hughes
Mr. Millennium Paul Boyd (2)
Production Team  
Director Richard Croxford
Set Designer David Craig
Costume Designer Louise Stewart
General Manager Ali FitzGibbon
Composer Paul Boyd (2)
Musical Director Paul Boyd (2)
Design Assistant Judith Longridge
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Company Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Technical Assistant Debbie Rymer
Set Construction Jim Carson
Scenic Artist Bev Craig
Graphic Design Linda McClelland
Recording engineered by Green Dolphin Studios
Company Artistic Director Janice Jarvis

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    John McClelland

  • Address

    1 Balfour Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Email


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    John McClelland

  • Address

    1 Balfour Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Email


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.