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A play with music.


  • Playwright

    Joe O'Donnell 

  • Synopsis

    Zoz is based on the life of Michael Moran, one of the most colourful characters and prolific bards in early 19th-century Dublin. He was known affectionately as Zozimus, after one of his famous recitations. Many of the songs used in the play are reconstructions from known fragments, and others are original songs to traditional airs in the style of Zozimus.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    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

    06 October 1980

  • Production Notes

    This production featured music performed by 'The Wolfe Tones' featuring Noel Nagle, Brian Warfield, Tommy Byrne and Derek Warfield.
  • Producer

    Produced by Dublin Theatre Festival In association with Gemini Productions

  • Original Venue

    3Olympia Theatre

Original Cast  
Dandyorum David Byrne
PC 184B Danny Cummins
Ship's Captain James Caffrey
Johnie Raw James Caffrey
Peggy Baxter Zelda Golden
Hairy Cecil Sheehan
Major White Robert Carrickford
Sol Kelly Robert Carrickford
Magistrate Robert Carrickford
Girl Wendy Mooney
Biddy McGrane Brenda Doyle
Dickey McGrane Gerry Sullivan
Stoney Pockets Charles Roberts
Owney Gerry Lundberg
Fat Mary Anna Manahan
Girl Maria McDermottroe
Mrs Connie Curran Maria McDermottroe
Peg the Man Britta Smith
Girl Mairin Mythen
Wormley Seamus Newham
Zozimus Frank Kelly
Girl Niamh McShane
Girl Denise O'Connell
Production Team  
Director Tomás Mac Anna
Designer Wendy Shea
Sound Audio International
Movement Director Alice Dalgarno
Production Manager Brendan Connellan
Stage Director Eileen Reynolds
Stage Manager Isobel Doorman
Assistant Stage Manager Niamh McShane
Set Construction Billy Duff
Wardrobe Maeve Patterson
PR Gerry Lundberg
Company Artistic Director Phyllis Ryan

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Joe O'Donnell

  • Address

    17 Ardagh Park,
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Joe O'Donnell

  • Address

    17 Ardagh Park,
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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