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Una Pooka


  • Playwright

    Michael Harding 

  • Setting

    The action begins on the eve of the Pope's visit to Ireland in September 1979.

  • Synopsis

    Una's family is in Dublin to see the Pope. But there are unanswered questions. Would the Pope condemn communion in the hand? Would he put a halt to the gallop of well-heeled women? But more importantly, why was Una's brother being force-fed on muesli and lentils? Why did Father Simeon want to join a circus in Rio de Janeiro? Una Pooka is the fantasy of a single woman in a nation on its knees before the Roman Pontiff.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible see original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Fr Simeon Barry McGovern
The Pooka Man Barry McGovern
Nuala Kevitt Hilary Fannin
Mrs. Kevitt Doreen Keogh
Aidan Kevitt Sean McGinley
Liam Kevitt Jonathan Sharpe
Una Kevitt Gabrielle Reidy
Priest Kevin Flood
Doctor Kevin Flood
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Designer Monica Frawley
Lighting Designer Tony Wakefield
Sound Dave Nolan
Production Manager Trevor Dawson
Stage Director Seamus O'Brien
Stage Manager John Kells
Assistant Stage Manager Mairead McGrath
Assistant Stage Manager Miriam Coleman
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Set Construction John Kavanagh (3)
Set Construction Mark Darley
Set Construction Peter Rose
Scenic Artist Angie Benner
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Bernie Friel
Photography Fergus Bourke

Unpublished Scripts

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.