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Somewhere Over The Balcony


  • Playwright

    Marie Jones (1) 

  • Synopsis

    In the Divis Flats in Belfast on the anniversary of internment, three women observe the world from the balcony of their high-rise flats. Under constant surveillance from an army tower, they view everything from husbands and offspring to joyriders, demolition squads, a marriage and a siege.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    09 September 1987

  • Producer

    Produced by Charabanc Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First produced at the Drill Hall, London.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The production subsequently played at the Arts Theatre, Belfast, on November 9th, 1987.

Original Cast  
Various Characters Marie Jones (1)
Various Characters Carol Scanlan
Various Characters Eleanor Methven
Production Team  
Director Peter Sheridan
Set Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Set Designer Brian Power
Lighting Designer Seamus O'Brien
Sound Louis Edmondson
Composer Rod McVey
Musical Director Rod McVey
Administration Assistant Patricia McLoughlin
Stage Manager Seamus O'Brien
Stage Manager Teerth Chungh
Graphic Design Ange Spark
Photography John O'Hara
Administrator Maureen Jordan (2)

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Four Plays by the Charabanc Theatre Company: Inventing Women's Work/ selected,edited & introduced by Claudia Harris

  • Year


  • Published By

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P.O. Box 6
    Gerrards Cross
    Buckinghamshire SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    + 44 1753 886000

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was taken from 'State of Play', ed. Ophelia Byrne (Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 2001).