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Sour Grapes


  • Playwright

    Michael Harding 

  • Setting

    Ireland, the recent past.

  • Synopsis

    Sour Grapes investigates the male enclosure of the Irish Church, offering an insight into the lives of Irish priests during a time of crisis, rumour, scandal and shame. The play is a study of the fierce tensions between the finest possibilities and the most crippling limitations of lives isolated by the institution they serve.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Father Rehill Barry Barnes
Ciaran Tom Murphy (2)
Dermot Andrew Bennett
Canon Adam Bailey Pat Laffan
Nigel Frank Laverty
Mister Hanratty Terry Byrne
Peter Shane Hagan
Bishop Lynam Clive Geraghty
Production Team  
Director Brian Brady
Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Trevor Dawson
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave O'Brien (2)
Stage Director John Stapleton
Assistant Stage Manager Brendan McLoughlin
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth

Published Scripts

  • Title

    New Plays from the Abbey Theatre 1996-1998

  • Year


  • Published By

    Syracuse University Press

  • Address


  • ISBN


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Harding

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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