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  • Playwright

    Roddy Doyle 

  • Synopsis

    Three kids from Barrytown kidnap a bishop, because they accidentally find a gun and have nothing better to do that day. Almost immediately, the Corporation house they’re holed up in is under siege, first of all by the Gardaí, then by the U.S Marines who are sent in by the American President when it emerges that the bishop has an American passport.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. Recorded voices were also used in the original production.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Donkey Laurence Lowry
Mrs Murray Stephanie Dunne
Ao Berts Folan
John Stephen Dunne (1)
Mr Farrell Brendan Gleeson
Lt. Bukowski Alan Archbold
Detective Garda Alan Archbold
Private John Wesley Crabacre Charlie O'Neill
Maurice Murphy Charlie O'Neill
Uniformed Garda Charlie O'Neill
Bishop Tracey Gerard Byrne
Mrs Farrell Stephanie Dunne
Production Team  
Director Paul Mercier
Set Designer Anne Gately
Set Designer Paul Mercier
Producer John Sutton
Lighting Designer Pat Byrne
Costume Designer Anne Gately
Lighting Assistant Sile Nugent
Production Manager Pat Byrne
Stage Director Phill McCaughey
Set Construction Gerry O'Brien (2)
Set Construction Davy McChrystal
Set Construction Pat Walsh
Sound Recording John Dunne (1)
Sound Recording Shay Fitzgerald

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    John Sutton

  • Address

    Building 3, Kilmainham Square
    Dublin 8
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)1 708 0204

  • 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.