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Childish Things


  • Playwright

    Seán McCarthy 

  • Setting

    Set in the living room of a semi-detached house in a Cork suburb.

  • Synopsis

    Charlie and Máire leave Thatcher’s London to return to Cork, full of optimism and idealism. However the ‘dinner party’ they throw to reunite with three of their closest, oldest friends, turns into an evening of bitching and drinking, ending up literally in a right mess. The blighted idealism of the returning couple (who emigrated in the first place for moral/philosophical, rather than economic reasons) clashes with the shallow, conservative materialism of those who stayed behind to build the “new” Ireland, and gives us, what could be called, a very black comedy of manners.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Máire Fedelma Cullen
Charlie Des Cave
Fergus Bob Carlile
Peadar Philip O'Sullivan
Maureen Anita Reeves
Production Team  
Director Desmond Perry
Designer Juliet Watkinson
Lighting Tony Wakefield
Sound Jim Colgan
Design Assistant Raymond Ball
Production Manager Brian Collins
Stage Director Finola Eustace
Stage Manager John Kells
Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Crosbie
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Set Construction Peter Rose
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton
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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.