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We Ourselves


  • Playwright

    Paul Mercier 

  • Synopsis

    In seven consecutive monologues, We Ourselves tells the story of seven Irish characters who worked together for a time in a factory in Germany before separating to develop their individual lives and careers. The monologues take us from the time Sarah and Declan walked the strand at Booterstown and then up by Baker's Corner to Dean's Grange and the 46A bus, to the day of Sarah's funeral when Declan (now Deaglan) is a senior civil servant in Brussels and the Celtic Tiger is on the rampage; to Mickey, the schoolteacher who never knew terror until he came to fill in as music teacher to class 5C, and who is a bit older and maybe on the verge of disillusion; to Una, dedicated to theatre, an art in which she seems unlikely to succeed; to Aonghus, gay, living in what he calls Sodom City, fixated on Batman and Robin and determined to be a marching baton-twirling majorette in the New York St Patrick's Day parade. Then there is Eimear, an unhappy lawyer, wife and mother in a recently custom-built Georgian mansion, and bionic Pip who is very much into computers and not much into anything else and, finally, a very drunk Deaglan who has missed his plane from Dublin to Brussels after Sarah's cremation and is asking the Kosovan night porter in his hotel to give him an early call to catch the morning flight out.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Úna Gabrielle Breathnach
Aonghus Gerry McCann
Mikey Conor Byrne (1)
Pip David Gorry
Declan Liam Carney
Sarah Pia McInerney
Eimear Gail Fitzpatrick
Production Team  
Director Paul Mercier
Director Jean O'Dwyer
Set Designer Anne Gately
Set Designer Paul Mercier
Lighting Designer Megan Sheppard
Producer Anne Gately
Costumes Anne Gately
Composer John Dunne (1)
Production Manager John Gately
Stage Director Kevin Courtney
Stage Manager Stephanie Ryan
Set Construction Kevin Courtney
Scenic Artist Michael Hegarty
Costume Construction Mick Geraghty
Graphic Design Val Mercier
Photography Derek Speirs
Transport Simon Burke(1)
Production secretary Anne Marie Gogarty

Unpublished Scripts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 and from contemporary press cuttings.