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The Rise and Fall of Barney Kerrigan


  • Playwright

    Frank Dunne 

  • Setting

    A London flat and a pub in the North of England

  • Synopsis

    Barney Kerrigan is a young Irish actor who has made a career in England. Having just finished a popular TV series, he is interviewed in a northern English pub before a performance of a touring show. In flashbacks, we see how he has fared in the overcrowded theatrical profession, and how his marriage was affected.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Susan Stella McCusker
James Louis Rolston
Barney Liam Neeson
Mike Des McAleer
Production Team  
Director Roland Jaquarello
Set Designer Eddie Johnston
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Dorothy Clugston
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Kelly
Assistant Stage Manager Niall Cusack
Lighting Operator Trevor Dawson
Sound Operator Niall Cusack
Wardrobe Muriel Florence
Wardrobe Helena Kaushal

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer and from contemporary press cuttings.