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Buile Shuibhne/Sweeney


  • Playwright

    Páraic Breathnach 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted by Páraic Breathnach and devised by the company.
  • Synopsis

    Buile Shuibhne/Sweeny is based on the story of the pagan King Sweeny of Antrim, his dispute with the Christian Abbot Ronan over the proposed site of a monastic settlement and Sweeny's eventual descent into madness.

  • Play Type

    Physical/Devised Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Mad Woman Jane Talbot (1)
Acolyte Brendan Savage
Miller Brendan Savage
Acolyte Natalie Sebald
Mad Woman Natalie Sebald
Milkmaid Natalie Sebald
Scavenger Natalie Sebald
Acolyte Conor Nolan (2)
Mad Man Conor Nolan (2)
Donal Conor Nolan (2)
Jealous Lover Conor Nolan (2)
Warrior Paul McCloskey
Acolyte Paul McCloskey
Chorus Brendan Savage
Milkmaid Petal Pilley
Mad Woman Petal Pilley
Milkmaid Jane Talbot (1)
Scavenger Jane Talbot (1)
Hag Jane Talbot (1)
Abbot Rod Goodall
Sweeny Midie Corcoran
Warrior Hillary Kavanagh
Acolyte Hillary Kavanagh
Mad Woman Hillary Kavanagh
Milkmaid Hillary Kavanagh
Scavenger Hillary Kavanagh
Warrior Peter Nelson
Eorann Petal Pilley
Mad Man Paul McCloskey
Production Team  
Director Rod Goodall
Designer Owen MacCartaigh
Producer Páraic Breathnach
Lighting Designer David Murphy (2)
Costume Designer Charmian Goodall
Choreographer Rod Goodall
Music Composed by John Dunne (1)
Musician Fergal Gallagher
Musician Nuala Ni Chanainn
Musician John Dunne (1)
Musician Declan Gibbons
Percussion Alan Purves
Puppet Design and Construction Rob Meijer
Masks Josephine Hayter
Masks Aine Phillips
Financial Controller Declan Gibbons
Production Manager John Ashton
Stage Manager Peter Nelson
Props Master Mick Moynihan
Operator David Murphy (2)
Set Construction Peter Nelson
Set Construction Dieter Ostheimer
Set Construction Dave Dennis
Scenic Artist Ann Marie Ryan
Chief Electrician Jim Faulkner
Prop Maker Brian McCarthy
PR Gary McMahon
Graphic Design A&D Design
Artist Ger Sweeney
Poster Image Ger Sweeney
Photography Aengus McMahon
Logistics Karen Gordon
Carpenter Dieter Ostheimer
Carpenter Fergal Gallagher
Administrator Derval Byrne

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Not Available

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by a member of Macnas.