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The Chance


  • Playwright

    Jackie Doyle 

  • Author Notes

    An adaptation of Peter Carey's original short story.
  • Synopsis

    The Fastalogians have given humankind the Genetic Lottery, a chance to inhabit a different body while retaining (most of) one's memories. When Paul meets and falls for Carla he is dismayed to learn that she is a Hup - one of a dissident group who rebel against the Fastas by deliberately choosing deformity.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production five additional actors appeared on prerecorded video footage.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Smits Miche Doherty
Newsreader Claire Connor
Newsreader Nick Hardin
Megan Katie Tumelty
Fasta Compère Marc O'Shea
Mark Gee Williams
Daniel Conleth Hill
Jane Larange Kristin Milward
Frankie Dominic Carter
Old Man Dave Anderson
Paul Michael Wilson
Carla Renee Weldon
OB Reporter Mary Moulds
Production Team  
Director Jackie Doyle
Set Designer Terry Loane
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh
Costume Designer Ferdia Murphy
Sound Designer Bell Helicopter
Sound Ronan Hill
Sound David Kilpatrick
Fight Director Renny Krupinski
Composer Bell Helicopter
Art Director Simon Boyd
Production Manager Sarah Paulley
Technical Stage Manager Brian Gardiner
Stage Manager Marianne Crosslé
Lighting Operator Damian Cox
Sound Operator Angela Riddell
Set Construction Russell Fulton
Stage Crew Caoileann Curry
Graphic Design Ruth McLeod
Graphic Design Gregg Dempsey
Photography Jim Crone
Production Photography Chris Hill
Make-Up Valerie Butler
Gaffer Brett McCrumb
Cinematographer Conor Hammond
Cinematographer Eugene McVeigh
Video Director Terry Loane
Video Editor Derek Jones
Video Post-Production MGTV Post-Production

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Source Of Information

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