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The Leaving


  • Playwright

    Brendan Griffin 

  • Synopsis

    It's midnight on the night before the Leaving Certificate Examination English paper. Six students barricade themselves into a room in a heritage centre demanding an end to the Leaving Certificate. The room was once home to a man who died on hunger strike in an English prison during the War of Independence. He charted a course for himself and stuck to it. Have these present-day protesters the courage of their conviction, and just how far will they go to prove their point? 'The Leaving' is an exploration of the nature of commitment to an ideal.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Aidan Padraic Delaney
CiarĂ¡n Feidlim Cannon
Faye Dorothy Cotter
Eleanor Vanessa Keogh
Dominic Nick Lee
Bernard Phillip McMahon
Production Team  
Director Philip Hardy
Set Designer Carol Betera
Lighting Designer Nick Anton
Costume Designer Bernie McCoy
Movement Director Rebecca Walter
General Manager Vincent Dempsey
Composer John Ryan (2)
Production Manager Michael Burke (1)
Tour Manager Trevor Ahearn
Stage Manager Brigid Collaery
Deputy Stage Manager Jacinta Breen
Dramaturg Ken Bourke
Set Construction Alan Clarke (1)
PR Ken Bourke
Graphic Design a4 Associates
Transport Simon Burke(1)
Administrator Maeve Butler

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Barnstorm Theatre Company

  • Address

    Church Lane
    Co. Kilkenny
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)56 775 1266

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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