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Toupees and Snare Drums


  • Playwright

    Gina Moxley 

  • Author Notes

    Conceived by David Bolger and Gina Moxley.
  • Setting

    Easter Sunday Night, 1996.

  • Synopsis

    In this collaboration of dance and drama, with skin and hair flying, the story is told of one disastrous night at Dizzy Duffy's Dancehall during the heyday of the showband era. Dizzy's livelihood is threatened by rumours that a man with cloven feet has been seen dancing with the girls - and the boys - under his roof.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Dizzy Sean Kearns
Frankie David O'Meara
Carmel Cindy Cummings
Stranger Tony Flynn
Girlie Muirne Bloomer
Shovels Charlie Bonner
Vince Donal Beecher
Dermie Raymond Keane
Neilie Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney
Julia Christina Nelson
Brendan James Hosty
Suzanne Anne Byrne
Philomena Aideen Gohery
Production Team  
Director David Bolger
Set Designer Francis O'Connor
Lighting Designer Ian Sommerville
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Bell Helicopter
Choreographer David Bolger
Music Composed by Bell Helicopter
Musical Director Bell Helicopter
Production Manager Trevor Dawson
Production Co-ordinator Karen Weavers
Stage Director Catherine Nealon
Assistant Stage Manager Tara Furlong
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
PR Madeline Boughton
Graphic Design Public Comunications Centre
Photography Kip Carroll
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Make-Up Val Sherlock
Hair by Val Sherlock

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

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Source Of Information

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