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or The Curse of Macha


  • Playwright

    Declan Gorman 

  • Setting

    The play is set in the year 2001 on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, Dublin City and in other parts of Ireland.

  • Synopsis

    Epic...or the Curse of Macha is based loosely on the myths associated with the Táin Bó Cuailgne. At the top of the Cooley mountains a cull of farm animals disturbs the ancient ghosts on the Plains of Meath. Epic interweaves contemporary stories of crashing computers, factory closures, and the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak, showing how wilful public and private actions can send random waves of sorrow through the community and down the generations.

  • 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 unspecified parts are played by the ensemble.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Danny Neeson Ciaran Kenny
McRoth Ciaran Kenny
Connall Carney Ciaran Kenny
Mannfred Pfeiffer Ciaran Kenny
Matt Reidy Ciaran Kenny
Bristle Ciaran Kenny
Kaz John Ruddy
Ferdia John Ruddy
Ray Higgins John Ruddy
Junior Tynan John Ruddy
Ardán John Ruddy
Ether John Ruddy
Doctor Sinead Douglas
Shady Sinead Douglas
Fedelma Sinead Douglas
Maeve O'Finn Sinead Douglas
Fíona O'Finn Sinead Douglas
Biddy the Hillabove Sinead Douglas
Emer Sinead Douglas
Factory Manager Sinead Douglas
Mrs Timoney Sinead Douglas
Mary Scully Sinead Douglas
Macha Sinead Douglas
Fergus Rock Gerard Lee
Allen O'Muireisc Gerard Lee
Conor Neeson Gerard Lee
Legs Lennon Gerard Lee
Michael Tynan Gerard Lee
Noisiu Gerard Lee
Nado Gerard Lee
Morgan Gerard Lee
Grunt Gerard Lee
Morrigan Gerard Lee
Production Team  
Director Declan Gorman
Designer Paul O'Mahony
Lighting Designer Declan Mallon
Sound Designer John Ruddy
Choreographer Carina McGrail
Project Co-ordinator Michael Murray (2)
Financial Administrator Kathleen O'Brien
Graphic Design John Moloney
Photography Raymond Henshaw
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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