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  • Playwright

    Damian Gorman 

  • Author Notes

    The play was originally scripted by Damian Gorman, further developed prior to rehearsals by Janice Jarvis (Director), Jane Linz Roberts (Designer) and groups of young people and during rehearsals by Janice Jarvis and the cast. The play also features a piece, 'That Door ', written by Olwen Elliott, Collegiate School, Enniskillen, which is taken from ‘Our Lives’, a book of writing by Enniskillen school students, produced in a collaboration between Fermanagh District Council, Damian Gorman (An Crann/The Tree) and Enniskillen Town Vision.
  • Notes

    This play was written for 14-18 year olds.

  • Synopsis

    Carol is 16 and her friend Birdy calls her Rent-a-worry. Carol’s dad, an aspiring musician, optimistically calls himself Country Slim but can’t seem to write a song that could get him a job. Carol’s worn-out mum works in a fish factory where, harassed by her boss, she calls herself the Screaming Fishwife. Nobody calls the fourth family member, Mark, anything; he died when he was five and is not spoken of, though his ghostly presence is palpable in the way the family doesn't get on. Now Carol is writing an essay for school on The Time of My Life, and it's not easy. Sometimes she is sure of things, sometimes not. Sometimes she feels like a stranger in her own skin, sometimes like a rocket on its launching pad. Sometimes she's a daughter but sometimes she feels like a parent to her mum and dad. But most of all she just wishes that sometimes, people could really talk about what's important.

  • 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

    01 October 1998

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Dunmurry High School, Belfast, as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
David Kieran Lagan
Anne Laura Hughes
Carol Michelle Wiggins
Mark Thomas Power
Birdy Andrew Mathers
Mr. Ferguson Andrew Mathers
Production Team  
Director Janice Jarvis
Designer Jane Linz Roberts
Lighting Designer Roger Nicholson
Costume Assistant Louise Stewart
Choreographer Anthea McWilliams
General Manager Ali FitzGibbon
Composer Keith Donald
Company Manager Maureen Macauley
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Assistant Stage Manager Colin O'Hare
Technician Colin O'Hare
Set Construction The Workshop
Poster Designer Linda McClelland

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.