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The Hackney Office


  • Playwright

    Michael Collins (1) 

  • Setting

    A hackney office before November 21st 2000.

  • Synopsis

    Christy Quinn and his young business partner, Jude Caffrey, run a dubious hackney service that never seems to have any cars available. Danny McQuaid might be the owner of seven taxi plates which are not currently in use. McQuaid is in need of help from his old pal, Christy, to get him out of a bit of difficulty in whatever his current business may be. Deviousness, criminality and incompetence become increasingly entangled as the three try to do business without telling the other two exactly what it is they do. Danny is feeling increasingly taunted by Jude's references to young Tracey, who might be Jude's girlfriend, or Danny's daughter, or neither or both. And why, or how, is Christy separated from his badminton-playing wife Catherine? And just who or what is 'The Duke', and why are the gardai busy in their cars tonight?

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Danny McQuaid Sean McGinley
Christy Quinn Brian F. O'Byrne
Jude Caffrey Andrew Lovern
Production Team  
Director Garry Hynes
Designer Liz Cooke
Producer Ciaran Walsh (1)
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Composer Paddy Cunneen
Special Effects Designer Mike Measimer
Special Effects Designer Robert Clarke
Assistant Director Andrew Flynn (1)
Production Manager Richard Eustace
Technical Manager Barry O'Brien
Stage Manager Julie Sproule
Assistant Stage Manager Catherine Maloney
Technical Assistant Michael Lonergan
Technical Assistant Cliona Ni Mhochain
Technical Assistant Mark Hill (1)
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Collette Faruch
Scenic Artist Anne Halligan
Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
Scenic Artist Jonathan Garrett
Scenic Artist Jack Kirwan
Wardrobe Supervisor Orfhlaith Stafford
PR Gerry Lundberg
Graphic Design Bite! Associates
Photography Dieter Auner
Casting Hughes & Rowan Casting
Literary Manager Charlie McBride
Administrator Ciara Ní Shúilleabháin

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Collins

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)87 233 8238

  • Email


Source Of Information

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