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The Last Potato


  • Playwright

    Joe O'Byrne 

  • Notes

    Presented as part of The Passion Machine's Songs of The Reaper programme. The Last Potato was part of Block One, which also included 'Melting Penguins' by Gerard Stembridge and 'The Man Who Cared Too Much' by Frank Shouldice (both listed separately).

  • Synopsis

    Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first potatoes to the British Isles many years ago, and where would we be without the humble potato? But there are many possible ecological scenarios that could create a situation where the potato would no longer grow... and what then?

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Tadhg Sean Rocks
Sean Pat McGrath
Maura BrĂ­d McCarthy
Scut David Gorry
Sheila Barbara McGrath
Mal Carl Marrey
Production Team  
Director Joe O'Byrne
Set Designer Jack Kirwan
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Costume Designer Marie Tierney
Festival Director Anne Gately
Assistant Director Ann Sheehy
Production Manager Pat Byrne
Stage Director Phill McCaughey
Stage Manager Sinead Connolly
Stage Manager Una Flanagan
Wardrobe Mistress Vera Patterson
Graphic Design Val Mercier
Tailor Mick Geraghty
Company Artistic Director Paul Mercier

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Joe O'Byrne

  • Email


Source Of Information

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