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The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


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Song of the Yellow Bittern


  • Playwright

    Vincent Woods 

  • Setting

    The play is set in County Leitrim and covers seven generations.

  • Synopsis

    Set, in part, against a background of a famous paternity lawsuit taken by a Protestant woman against a Catholic priest in 1828, a story unravels over time, linking events and people over seven generations in a small rural community. Song of the Yellow Bittern is both a love story and a ghost story.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cross casting is necessary. See original production for details. Two of the original cast also performed as musicians.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Tailor Frankie McCafferty
Frank Bhess/Frankie Frank Laverty
Bess/Mother Ger Ryan
Fr. John O'Dwyer Brendan Laird
Briain Ray McBride
Conn Enda Kilroy
Bee Sheila Meaney
Mary/Sally Elizabeth Byrne (2)
Jimmy Alan Kelly
Production Team  
Director Maeliosa Stafford
Designer Monica Frawley
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh
Costume Assistant Anja Sammon
Costume Assistant Orfhlaith Stafford
Costume Assistant Helen Lane
Dance Advisor Ray McBride
General Manager Jane Daly
Music by Brendan O'Regan
Production Manager Tony Killeen
Tour Manager Anne Butler
Tour Manager Moya McHugh
Stage Manager Angela Duffy
Stage Manager Bernie Walsh
Assistant Stage Manager Ian Kilroy
Technician Andrew Smith
Technician Rory Armitage
Technician Eamonn Fox
Set Construction Alan Clarke (1)
Set Construction Frank Gleeson
Scenic Artist Aine Phillips
Scenic Artist Ele Woods
Costume Construction Monica Ennis
Crew Norman Price
Crew Peter Ashton
Poster Designer Cat Design
Tailor Denis Darcy
Photography Amelia Stein
Poster Photography Aengus McMahon
Administrator Anne Butler

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Vincent Woods

  • Email


Source Of Information

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