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Hidden Charges


  • Playwright

    Arthur Riordan 

  • Synopsis

    Hidden Charges is a contemporary comedy of manners set in 1990s Dublin on the subject of the liberal agenda and the rural-urban divide. Auntie Kitty is coming to stay for a few days. She's an ex-showband singer - stylish, extrovert and a little scatty. Mark, a liberal journalist, is not impressed, he wants to spend more time with Carol. Soon, Carol is trying to cope with Kitty's foibles, Mark's derision and everybody is trying to cope with Kitty's friend Bill.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production also used two pre-recorded voices.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Carol Anne Byrne
Voice of Derek Michael McElhatton
Bill Donal O'Kelly
Voice of Fran Stanley Townsend
Mark Darragh Kelly
Kitty Bernie Downes
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Designer Kathy Strachan
Lighting Designer Stephen McManus
Producer Siobhan Bourke
Dance Advisor David Bolger
Assistant Director Helene Montague
Production Co-ordinator Kate Hyland
Stage Manager Annette Murphy
Stage Manager Padraig O'Neill
Assistant Stage Manager Janet Moran
Lighting Operator Debbie Behan
Set Construction O'Sullivan Associates
PR Annette Clancy
Graphic Design The Graphiconies/ Public Communications Centre
Photography Amelia Stein
Hair by Reds The Hair Group
Hair by Pat McDevitt

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


  • ISBN


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Lisa Richards Agency

  • Address

    108 Upper Leeson Street
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 637 5000

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.