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The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


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  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Synopsis

    Volunteers is set on an archaeological site in a contemporary Irish city centre. For five months, the 'volunteers', who are all political prisoners, have been excavating 'from early Viking down to late Georgian'. All around them is 'encapsulated history, a tangible precis of the story of Irish man'. On the last day of the dig, before the builders move in, the volunteers learn that they have been sentenced to death by their fellow internees for treason.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Smiler Niall O'Brien(1)
Mr. Wilson Peadar Lamb
George Edward Golden
Butt Geoff Golden
Pyne Raymond Hardie
Desmond Bryan Murray
Knox Micheál Ó Briain
Keeney Donal Donnelly
Production Team  
Director Robert Gillespie
Designer Wendy Shea
Lighting Designer Leslie Scott
Sound Nuala Golden
Production Manager Brian Collins
Stage Director Bill Hay
Assistant Stage Director Bríd Ní Neachtain
Stage Manager Tommy Woods
Set Construction Paddy Rose
Set Construction Maurice Deegan
Scenic Artist Pamela Dale
Scenic Artist Maebh Browne
Wardrobe Supervisor Judith Dolan
Wardrobe Assistant Nigel Boyd
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton

Published Scripts

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

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