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The Butterfly of Killybegs


  • Playwright

    Brian Foster 

  • Synopsis

    In a Donegal fishing village Mary watches her life ebb away as she looks after her bedridden mother. Grasping a final chance of love and freedom, Mary befriends the reticent Patsy Doogan, and readily accepts his proposal of marriage. Patsy, however, has a secret and when it is uncovered Mary must prevent her mother from telling the local gossip.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Patsy Doogan John Hewitt
Middie O'Donnell Natalie Stringer
Missus Doyle Barbara Adair
Emily Conlon Ronnie Masterson
Mary Conlon Anne Bird
Production Team  
Director Roland Jaquarello
Designer Vanessa Hawkins
Lighting Designer John Riddell
Choreographer Sandy Cuthbert
Technical Stage Manager James C. McFetridge
Stage Manager Eibhlin de Barra
Assistant Technical Stage Manager Alan Henry
Deputy Stage Manager Simon Forbes
Deputy Stage Manager Simon Bird (1)
Assistant Stage Manager Anna O'Donovan
Set Construction Jim Carson
Wardrobe Supervisor Jeanette Parkes

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Brian Foster

  • Address

    47 Clarendon Manor
    BT48 7TH
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    02871 363108

  • Email


Source Of Information

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