Home | About | Contact Us

The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


Printer Friendly



  • Playwright

    Patricia Burke Brogan 

  • Synopsis

    Framed by a present-day prologue and epilogue, the play is set in 1963 in a convent laundry at St. Paul's Home for Penitent Women in Killmacha, Ireland. Eclipsed explores the practice of making pregnant and unwed Irish mothers work as 'penitents' in church-run laundries. Supervised by nuns who regarded these women as mindless vessels of evil, the women were treated as virtual slaves and their infants were forcibly put up for adoption.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Brigit Orla McGovern
Nora Eileen Gibbons
Nellie Eileen Gibbons
Juliet Nicole Rourke
Rosa Elizabeth Byrne (2)
Mother Victoria Margaret O'Sullivan
Sr Virginia Beverly Bishop
Cathy Tristin Gribbin
Mandy Carol Hunt
Production Team  
Director David Quinn
Designer Patricia Codyre
Lighting Designer Brendan Naughton
Producer Sean Evers
Production Manager Michael Byrne (2)
Stage Manager Shay Rooney
Production Assistant Michael D. Donnelly
Production Assistant David Mulleady
Poster Designer Una Young
Photography Aengus McMahon
Administrator Michael J. Donnelly

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Patricia Burke Brogan

  • Address

    Inisfail, 42 College Road
    Republic of Ireland

Source Of Information

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