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  • Playwright

    Declan Gorman 

  • Setting

    The play is set in and around Ballinascaul, a medium sized town just south of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The action takes place between Easter and Halloween, 1998.

  • Synopsis

    Hades is a comic exploration of life in the fictitious border town of Ballinascaul during the summer of 1998. A taxi driver discovers that his 15-year-old daughter Judy is sneaking out at night and tries to figure out where she goes; an ex-champion boxer struggles to repay his debts as the moneylenders close in; a boy threatens to reveal who his true father is and cause a scandal - and somewhere far away there is a peace process and borders are dissolving.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. In the original production various other parts are played by the ensemble.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Nickie Nixon Ciaran Kenny
Max Kent Aaron Monaghan
Tom O'Deasy Aaron Monaghan
Councillor Barney Belton Aaron Monaghan
Ruaraí Maguire Aaron Monaghan
Philip Fitzsimons Aaron Monaghan
Bert Aaron Monaghan
Desmond O'Prey Aaron Monaghan
Stitch Cully Aaron Monaghan
Súin McGarrigle Sinead Douglas
Councillor Alice Green Sinead Douglas
Pearl Patterson Sinead Douglas
Sarah Dempster Sinead Douglas
Trish Deery Sinead Douglas
Cissy Sinead Douglas
Councillor Mary Anne Monaghan Sinead Flynn
Agnes Sinead Flynn
Floss Sinead Flynn
Councillor Fintan Scallon Ciaran Kenny
Councillor Pat-Willie Cassidy Ciaran Kenny
Monsignor Daniel Lillis Ciaran Kenny
Cyril Ciaran Kenny
Knocker Lennon Ciaran Kenny
Teddy O' Sullivan Ciaran Kenny
Joe Carron John Hickey
Adrian Cronin John Hickey
George Patterson John Hickey
Councillor Cedric Atkinson John Hickey
Francie Tubb John Hickey
Bishop Argos John Hickey
Judy Carron Sinead Flynn
Stephanie Dempster-Cronin Sinead Flynn
Bridgie Fitz Sinead Douglas
Production Team  
Director Declan Gorman
Designer Pete Ward
Lighting Designer Declan Mallon
Costume Designer Maureen Finn
Sound Designer Stephen McArdle
Choreographer Carina McGrail
Production Manager Declan Mallon
Stage Manager Seani Sullivan
Lighting Operator Nicky Mallon
Set Construction Francis Gerard Duffy
Set Carpenter Ronan Tracey
Graphic Design John Moloney
Graphic Design Raymond Henshaw
Photography Raymond Henshaw
Script Advisor Tommy McArdle
Make-Up Maureen Finn
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Upstate Theatre Project

  • Address

    Barlow House, West Street
    Co. Louth
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)41 984 4227

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Source Of Information

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