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Speranza's Boy


  • Playwright

    John Boyd 

  • Setting

    Dublin, Paris, New York and London.

  • Synopsis

    Speranza's Boy tells the life story of Oscar Wilde as revealed by flashbacks and unspoken dream sequences. The play focuses on his American tour as well as his relationship with his mother, his wife, and Lord Alfred Douglas.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Cowboy Peter Quigley
Cowboy John Keegan
Harris John Keegan
Warder John Keegan
Henry Christopher Barritt
Bosie Christopher Barritt
Oscar Wilde John Price
Miss Travers Helen Magill
Model Helen Magill
Constance Michele O'Connor
Saloon Girl Michele O'Connor
Reporter Brendan Somers
Cowboy Brendan Somers
Ross Brendan Somers
Reporter John Keegan
Cowboy Mark Mulholland
Marquis of Queensbury Mark Mulholland
Dancer from Patience Peter Quigley
Clerk Peter Quigley
Doorkeeper Peter Quigley
Carson Paddy Scully
Customs Man Paddy Scully
First Miner Paddy Scully
Judge Louis Rolston
Sir William Louis Rolston
Second Miner Louis Rolston
Speranza Trudy Kelly
Wild West Madame Trudy Kelly
Policeman Mark Mulholland
Dupoirier Mark Mulholland
Prisoner Brendan Somers
Production Team  
Director Leon Rubin
Designer Bernard Culshaw
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Choreographer Helen Lewis
Production Manager Trevor Dawson
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Rose Morris
Assistant Stage Manager David Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Fiona Bruce
Set Construction Francis Morgan

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Gavin Boyd

  • Address

    1 The Granary
    Down BT23 5FH
    Northern Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Gavin Boyd

  • Address

    1 The Granary
    Down BT23 5FH
    Northern Ireland

Source Of Information

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