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  • Playwright

    John McArdle 

  • Notes

    Presented as part of The Passion Machine's Songs of The Reaper programme. Dectire was part of Block Three, which also included 'Ghost Acreage at Vixen Time' by Deirdre Anne Hines, and 'Love Machines' by Johnny Hanrahan.

  • Synopsis

    An exploration of the birth of Cuchulainn. The maidens of Ulster are fighting against a warrior culture with its penchant for destruction, acquisitiveness and disharmony. Dectire, the charioteer, is lured back to a nurturing role by the triple 'births' of the story.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Dectire Jenni Ledwell
Maiden Two Charlotte Bradley
Lugha Klaus Hassel
Dectire Dana Bledsoe
Fergus Brian Thunder
Sualtim Brian Thunder
Conor Mick Lally
Bricriu Brian Doherty
Maiden One Mary Ryan
Maiden Three Aisling Doyle
Production Team  
Director Michael Scott (2)
Designer Barbara Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Ciara McCarthy
Festival Director Anne Gately
Choreographer Aisling Doyle
Music by Michael Scott (2)
Musician Avril Ryan
Musician Robert Harris
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Unpublished Scripts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

    John McArdle

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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