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Mrs. Sweeney


  • Playwright

    Paula Meehan 

  • Setting

    22E Maria Gorretti Mansions, Dublin.

  • Synopsis

    Mrs. Sweeney deals with a family in the aftermath of their daughter's death from AIDS, brought about by drug abuse. Buoyed up by laughter and grief, Lil Sweeney gathers her friends round her and copes, while her husband retreats more and more into a private world obsessed by pigeons. The play charts the disintegration of the family home in the face of insurmountable odds.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Frano Gina Moxley
Oweny Anto Nolan
Thug Emmet Dowling
Thug Barry White
Lil Sweeney Ger Ryan
Mariah Neili Conroy
Father Tom Tim Ruddy
Sweeney Mick Nolan
Production Team  
Director Kathy McArdle
Designer Barbara Bradshaw
Producer Siobhan Bourke
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Sound Designer Bell Helicopter
Design Assistant Joanne Cassidy
Company Manager Janice McAdam
Production Manager Stephen McManus
Stage Manager Jennifer Crawford
Assistant Stage Manager Alan Gallagher
Set Construction Rock Solid Staging
Scenic Artist Liz Murphy
PR Mary Folan
Graphic Design The Graphiconies/ Public Communications Centre
Photography Amelia Stein
Company Artistic Director Lynne Parker

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

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Source Of Information

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