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The Azoo Story


  • Playwright

    Brenda Winter 

  • Author Notes

    This play was devised by members of the NICOD Training Centre, Balmoral in conjunction with Replay Theatre Company and was scripted by Brenda Winter.
  • Notes

    The play was originally performed for 14 - 18 year olds .

  • Synopsis

    Davy McFadden, keeper at Glenview Zoo, loves his animals. Each has been through difficult times, and Davy does his best to protect them. When it's suddenly decided to close the loss-making zoo, Davy is devastated. Led by Charlie Chimp, however, the animals have their own ideas. Going on a protest hunger strike, they even manage to communicate with Davy to ask him for his help. Together, they hatch a plan to save the zoo, outwitting those who wanted to close it and succeeding in returning those animals who are homesick back to their original homes.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    11 May 1993

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Downey House, Belfast, as part of a tour to special schools and adult training centres.

Original Cast  
Various Characters Dan Gordon
Various Characters Libby Smyth
Various Characters Frank Quinn
Various Characters Sheelagh O'Kane
Production Team  
Director Brenda Winter
Designer Frank Quinn
Costumes Naomi Conway
Lyrics by Debra Salem
Composer Debra Salem
Puppet Design and Construction Frank Quinn
Set Construction Thomas Marshall
Scenic Artist Stuart Marshall
Secretary Irene Swift
Dramatherapist Genevieve Smyth

Unpublished Scripts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.