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A Fishpond All On Fire


  • Playwright

    Tif Eccles 

  • Setting

    The isolation ward of St. Malachi's Psychiatric Hospital in the late 1950's.

  • Synopsis

    Inside a psychiatric hospital in the West of Ireland, we meet Patrick Conway, a patient in the isolation unit for over 20 years. Why has he been locked away and denied visitors for so many years? Is he a danger to society? What is his obsession with gold? Was the gift of second sight too much for 1950's Ireland too handle? A play about goldfish, electro convulsive shock therapy, psychiatry, solitaire and injustice, this is the story of one man's struggle not to forget the truth of who he really is.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Patrick Conway Gerard Walsh
Nurse Stella Madden
Production Team  
Director Michael James Ford
Designer Sinead Cuthbert
Designer Nicola Hughes
Lighting Designer Leo McKenna
Stage Manager Halina Froudist
Photography Kelly Campbell

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

  • Address

    Top Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse
    South William Street, Dublin 2
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)86 878 4001

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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