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The Woman Who Walked Into Doors


  • Playwright

    Roddy Doyle  Joe O'Byrne 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Roddy Doyle

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name.
  • Synopsis

    The Woman Who Walked Into Doors is the story of Paula Spencer - from schoolgirl to battered wife and alcoholic - and her love for the dangerous, charismatic Charlo. Paula struggles on the edge of deprivation but never gives up, always washes off the blood, and knows she must continue for her children's sake.

  • Play Type


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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
John Paul Pat McGrath
Paula Spencer Hilda Fay
Charlo Spencer Brian F. O'Byrne
Gerard Daniel O'Connor
Jack Daniel O'Connor
Nurse Sinead Douglas
Denise Sinead Douglas
Fiona Sinead Douglas
Leanne Elizabeth Bracken
Carmel Elizabeth Bracken
Deirdre Elizabeth Bracken
Mrs. Dolan Pat McGrath
Nicola Spencer Jennifer Buckley
Production Team  
Director Joe O'Byrne
Set Designer Kieran McNulty
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
Costume Designer Sinead Cuthbert
Set Dresser Clodagh Deegan
Production Manager Marie Tierney
Stage Manager Martin Cahill
Assistant Stage Manager Andrea O'Brien
Sound Operator Ian Scully
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Photography Derek Speirs

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    John Sutton

  • Address

    Building 3, Kilmainham Square
    Dublin 8
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)1 708 0204

  • Email


Source Of Information

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