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Bruen's Twist


  • Playwright

    Eamonn Sweeney 

  • Synopsis

    Nathy Bruen is the musician who has it all. His talent brings him from a Sligo farm to a Manchester house of ill repute and on to New York at the height of the Jazz Age, where he becomes one of the stars of the new recording industry. Bruen rubs shoulders with gangsters, psychiatrists, heiresses, bearded ladies and circus strongmen. Most importantly there's Gilda Ancelotti, circus acrobat and love of his life. Loosely based on the life of Michael Coleman, Bruen's Twist is the story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, whose highs and lows both tend towards the extreme.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Breslin Jack Healy
Wedding Attendant Mairtin de Cogain
Missisippi Jeb Mairtin de Cogain
Medical Attendant Mairtin de Cogain
Doorman Mairtin de Cogain
Frank Moore Mairtin de Cogain
Cop Mairtin de Cogain
Morrisroe Mairtin de Cogain
Lucy Emma McIvor
Judge Jack Healy
Doctor Jack Healy
Brendan Jack Healy
Bohemian 2 Jack Healy
Gregor Jack Healy
Businessman Jack Healy
The Great Willimowski Jack Healy
Customs Official 2 Jack Healy
Patrolman Lynch Jack Healy
Batt Jack Healy
Mayor Jack Healy
Beatrice Emma McIvor
Gilda Emma McIvor
Doctor Emma McIvor
Customs Official 3 Fiona Kelly
Mrs Dowd Fiona Kelly
Bohemian 1 Fiona Kelly
Record Shop Owner Fiona Kelly
Heiress Fiona Kelly
La Faune Fiona Kelly
Mrs Hunt Fiona Kelly
Triona Fiona Kelly
Mental Hospital Attendant Fiona Kelly
The Producer Fiona Kelly
Nathy Bruen David Peare
Dr. Lied Donncha Crowley
Mr. Dowd Donncha Crowley
Compere Donncha Crowley
Cop 1 Donncha Crowley
Mr. Hunt Donncha Crowley
Customs Official Donncha Crowley
Piper Moran Donncha Crowley
Matt Donncha Crowley
Peggy Fiona Kelly
Production Team  
Director Pat Kiernan
Set Designer Dave Dummigan
Lighting Designer Paul Denby
Costume Designer Joan Hickson
Costume Assistant Tracey Pearson
Sound Designer Cormac O'Connor (1)
Company Manager Dyane Hanrahan
Production Manager Mick Heffernan
Stage Manager Katherine Mahony
Assistant Stage Manager Lyn Kenyon
Set Construction Tony Henderson
Set Construction Paul Hogan
Prop Maker Annelisa Zagone
Prop Maker Tony Henderson
PR Kearney Melia Communications
Programme Design Brendan Cotter
Marketing Owen McCarthy
Administrator Fin Flynn

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)

  • Address

    55 New Oxford Street
    London WC1A 1BS

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7344 1000

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Source Of Information

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