Printer Friendly


The Movie


  • Playwright

    Donal O'Kelly 

  • Setting

    Matthew Kidd's Bedroom

  • Notes

    The play was subsequently re-staged as 'Catalpa', without the use of a sub-title.

  • Synopsis

    In Massachusetts, 1875, Merchant Sea Captain George Anthony is pressed into rescuing Irish Fenian prisoners under the cover of a whaling expedition on the ship Catalpa. 120 years later, Matthew Kidd, demented, failed screenwriter is obsessed with his life's dream - making Catalpa, The Movie. In his bedroom, he rehearses his movie pitch, taking the audience on an epic adventure as he acts out every scene and plays every character.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Various Characters Donal O'Kelly
Production Team  
Director Bairbre NĂ­ Chaoimh
Designer Ben Hennessy
Producer Liam Rellis
Lighting Designer Jim Daly
Music written and performed by Trevor Knight
Set Dresser Mona Manahan
Production Manager Jim Meagher
Stage Director Liam Meagher
Stage Manager Richard Meagher
Lighting Operator Richard Meagher
PR Liam Rellis
Graphic Design Clare Scott
Photography Eoin Murphy (1)
Advertising Paddy Greene
Hair by Mary Coppinger
Administrator Catherine Collins
Administrator Ger Meagher

Published Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by Red Kettle Theatre Company.