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The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish


  • Playwright

    Jocelyn Clarke 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the book by author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Dave McKean
  • Notes

    A play for 5-10 year olds.

  • Synopsis

    A boy's eye view on the perils of bartering one's loved-ones. A Dad is swapped for two goldfish and a trail of deals, swaps, barters and bargains is followed to recover the missing Dad in a wild journey around the world.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    18 March 2003

  • Producer

    Produced by The Ark

  • Original Venue

    The Ark

Original Cast  
Mom Niamh Linehan
Vashti Ailish Symons
Patty's Brother Simon Jewell
Blinky Simon Jewell
Nathan Simon Jewell
My Little Sister Orla Fitzgerald
Me Matthew Dunphy
Patty's Mother Emma Moohan
Nathan's Mother Emma Moohan
Vashti's Sister Emma Moohan
Butler Steve Blount
Policeman Steve Blount
Dad Steve Blount
Queen of Melanesia Niamh Linehan
Vashti's Sister Niamh Linehan
Patty Ailish Symons
Production Team  
Director Liz Roche
Director Eric Fraad
Set Designer Bruno Schwengl
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Choreographer Liz Roche
Composer Max Tundra
Line Producer Mags Walsh
Line Producer Maura O'Keeffe
Technical Director Mark Rooney
Stage Director Michael Higgins(1)
Stage Manager Roisin Kearney
Technical Assistant Henry Broekhoven
Projections The Delicious Nine

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Jocelyn Clarke

  • Address

    c/o Abbey Theatre, 26 Lr. Abbey Street,
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 8872200

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by a member of The Ark.