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Iron May Sparkle


  • Playwright

    Thomas McLaughlin 

  • Synopsis

    Olive and Claudette are children of the fifties: after rationing and before the Beatles, long before the troops hit the streets of Belfast. Now in 1994 when their children are gone, their husbands feckless, and they are braving the Troubles, they settle down for an evening's worth of soaps, stupid quizzes, TV movies and bad news bulletins. But tonight they fall asleep and dream.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    01 November 1994

  • Production Notes

    Co-produced with the Drill Hall, London.
  • Producer

    Produced by Charabanc Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Drill Hall, London.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The production subsequently toured throughout Northern Ireland from September to November 1995.

Original Cast  
Olive Carol Scanlan
Claudette Eleanor Methven
Production Team  
Theatre Director Julie Parker
Director Morag Fullarton
Designer Fiona Leech
Designer Fiona Whelan
Lighting Aidan Lacey
General Manager Maureen Jordan (2)
Musician Ciaran Mulligan
Musician Ken Byrne
Musician Ian Kennedy
Musician Jules Maxwell
Musician Thomas McLaughlin
Production Manager Lee Boxshall
Stage Manager Mairead McGrath
Lighting Operator Asa Malmsten
Set Construction David Kavanagh
PR Isabel Sporidis
Administrator Helen Trew
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Thomas McLaughlin

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer which are held in the company archive at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.