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Quay West


  • Playwright

    Alex Johnston  David Fancy  Joseph Long 

  • Author Notes

    A translation from the original French play by Bernard-Marie Koltes.
  • Notes

    This English text of Quay West is a collaboration between the three translators, all of whom referred to the original French and all of whom offered comment on each other's work.

  • Synopsis

    On the outskirts of a sprawling city one can only hear its distant hum, its police sirens and see its lights. All around there are vast disused harbour machinery and plants, huge dock sheds and remnants of past economic activity. It is in this apocalyptic place, on a very dark night, that some characters meet. Everything seems to set them apart, their age, their wealth, their nationality and their social standing. They have all been attracted to this location in search of some hypothetical salvation and above all, to find the courage to end it all: their life, their poverty or some relationship too difficult to take upon themselves. They all have their own reasons for being there.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    13 April 1999

  • Producer

    Produced by Bedrock

  • Original Venue

    Project Arts Centre

  • Venue Notes

    When this play was presented, Project has temporarily relocated to Project@The Mint.

Original Cast  
Monique Pons Michelle Read
Maurice Koch Des Nealon
Claire Neili Conroy
Rodolphe Mick Nolan
Cecile Kate Perry
Abad Bisi Adigun
Charles Paschal Friel
Fak Shane Hagan
Production Team  
Director Jimmy Fay
Set Designer Johanna Connor
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Designer Catherine Fay
Music by Vincent Doherty
Administration Assistant Aurelie Foltz
Production Manager Lee Davis
Stage Manager Shelley Bourke
Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Walsh
Dramaturg Alex Sheehan
Production Assistant Tim Dawson
Lighting Technician Viko Nikci
PR Sarah Pyle
Graphic Design Jonathan Parson
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Photography John Reck

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact


  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Translation rights

  • Contact


  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Source Of Information

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