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At the Black Pig's Dyke


  • Playwright

    Vincent Woods 

  • Setting

    Leitrim and Fermanagh, Past and Present

  • Synopsis

    At the Black Pig's Dyke is a story of murder, mystery, fairy tale and tragic love. The play is set on the border of Northern and Southern Ireland where family feuds are passed down through generations. The story is told using the pagan ritual of the mummers' play as a metaphor for Ireland at a time where people laughed at a wake and cried when a child was born.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cross casting is necessary and some cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. Two of the original cast members also performed as musicians.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Young Lizzie Diane O'Kelly
Tom Fool Frankie McCafferty
Lizzie Boles Stella McCusker
Miss Funny Deirdre O'Kane
Jack Boles Brendan Laird
First Hero in the Mummers Brendan Laird
Hugh Brolly David Wilmot
Second Hero in the Mummers David Wilmot
Frank Beirne Peter Gowen
Doctor in the Mummers Peter Gowen
Michael Flynn Ray McBride
Captain Mummer Ray McBride
Musician Brendan O'Regan
Beelzebub Brendan O'Regan
Musician Cora Smyth
Butcher Cora Smyth
Production Team  
Director Maeliosa Stafford
Designer Monica Frawley
Lighting Designer Stephen McManus
Choreographer Ray McBride
General Manager Jane Daly
Music Composed by Brendan O'Regan
Design Assistant Matthew Deely
Masks Aine Phillips
Production Manager Tony Killeen
Stage Director Moya McHugh
Stage Manager Bernie Walsh
Assistant Stage Manager Angela Duffy
Technician Shannon Light
Technician Eamonn Fox
Technician Anthony Courtney
Set Construction Alan Clarke (1)
Scenic Artist Ned McLoughlin
Wardrobe Monica Ennis
Wardrobe Assistant Orfhlaith Stafford
Wardrobe Assistant Helen Lane
Crew John O'Grady
Crew Frank Gleeson
Poster Designer Catherine McConville
Photography Amelia Stein
Administrator Anne Butler

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Far From The Land

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website


  • ISBN


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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.