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The Rock Musical


  • Playwright

    Paul Mercier 

  • Synopsis

    Drowning is a contemporary rock-musical play set in a working class Dublin housing estate in 1984. Luke, the central character, lives with a dysfunctional family in a world of social deprivation and disadvantage. He escapes into a dream world where he is 'Ossie Stench', rock star and lead singer with the Tomahawks. He is, however, constantly brought back to reality by his family. Drowning is the story of Luke’s struggle to reconcile his love for his family with his overpowering need to escape from them.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production three of the cast formed a band with 5 other musicians

Original Production

Original Cast  
Musician John Dunne (1)
Musician Dave Bell
Musician Paul Bushnell
Musician Graham Taylor
Ron Gerry Keenan
Musician Gerry Keenan
Chuck Pat Sherlock
Musician Pat Sherlock
Sis Olivia Cronin
Da Brendan Gleeson
Ma Susan Murphy
Musician Kenneth Edge
Luke Joe Savino
Joey Anto Nolan
Rick John Dunne (1)
Musician Frank Walsh
Production Team  
Director Paul Mercier
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Producer John Sutton
Costumes Bláithín Ní Liatháin
Music Composed by John Dunne (1)
Music by John Dunne (1)
Music Composed by Paul Mercier
Musical Director John Dunne (1)
Stage Director Ger Ryan
Lighting Operator Conleth White
Chief Electrician John Carr
Production Team Julie Lorden
Production Team Steven Collins
Follow Spot Sile Ahern
PR John Sutton
Graphic Design Val Mercier
Photography Luke Brehony
Poster Photography Pauline Hensey
Administrator Steven Collins
Administrator Julie Lorden

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Passion Machine

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by a member of Passion Machine Theatre Company.