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The Dogs


  • Playwright

    Donal O'Kelly 

  • Setting

    The Macken House in the early nineties.

  • Synopsis

    The Macken Family are hell-bent on celebrating once again the dreaded Christmas dinner. The turkey is determined to be cooked and eaten, but the two dead family dogs decide to put a stop to the Christmas madness. The rat in the garden and the robin on the doorstop only make matters worse. Christmas will never be the same again.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cross-casting is necessary. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Pax/Terry Anne Byrne
Turkey/Maurice Arthur Riordan
Rebel/Benny Martin Murphy
Rat/Father Joe Savino
Robin/Mother Bernie Downes
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Producer Siobhan Bourke
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Music and Sound by John Dunne (1)
Production Manager Padraig O'Neill
Stage Manager Annette Murphy
Assistant Stage Manager Paula Tierney
Lighting Operator Kay Mullaney
Sound Operator Yvonne Donnelly
Set Construction Galaxy Construction
Scenic Artist Brendan Rankin
PR Polly O'Loughlan
Graphic Design The Graphiconies/ Public Communications Centre
Photography Amelia Stein

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Rough Magic: First Plays

  • Year


  • Published By

    New Island Books

  • Address

    2 Brookside, Dundrum Road
    Dublin 14
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 298 9937

  • Email


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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was taken from the company files.