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Broken Ground


  • Playwright

    Sylvia Cullen 

  • Author Notes

    The play was devised by the company and scripted by Sylvia Cullen.
  • Setting

    A farm on the Tipperary/Limerick border

  • Synopsis

    The play explores mother-daughter relationships in the context of the struggle of life on the land and follows the lives of three generations of women on a farm on the Tipperary/Limerick border. The story spans the 20th century; from the poverty and emigration of the 30s and 40s through the sweeping changes in the 50s and 60s finishing up at the close of the century when the women find the courage to resolve the age-old conflicts and make peace with themselves.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cross casting is necessary. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Eileen Nuala Walsh
Kathleen Nuala Walsh
Cis Nuala Walsh
Mercy Nuala Walsh
Jennifer Nuala Walsh
Nancy Tracey Downes
Nora Tracey Downes
Ursula Tracey Downes
Net Tracey Downes
Siofra Tracey Downes
Bridie Peg Power
Blonde Peg Power
Denise Peg Power
Brid Peg Power
Production Team  
Director Fiona Quinn
Designer Theresia Guschlbauer
Lighting Designer Aedin Cosgrove
Composer Dee Armstrong
Design Assistant Michelle Jones
Production Manager Siobhan Hayden Hinsley
Tour Manager David Teevan
Stage Manager Janet Harris
Rehearsal Stage Manager Nuala Keane
Technician Nick Anton
Wardrobe Assistant Noelle O'Donnell
Carpenter Mark O'Brien (1)

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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