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The Reel McCoy


  • Playwright

    Neil Donnelly 

  • Setting

    Set in Dublin and in Harry's fevered imagination.

  • Synopsis

    Harry Burns - journalist and would be novelist who dreams of writing the great contemporary Irish novel which will expose the political corruption at the heart of the nation. Harry fails spectacularly to distinguish between his novel and the reality of his life and the resultant nightmare tethers between terror and farce.

  • 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  
Bob Jack Walsh
Soldier Jack Walsh
Cowen Jack Walsh
McCoy Jack Walsh
Soldier Frank Mackey
Student Frank Mackey
Aide Frank Mackey
Doctor Frank O'Sullivan
Casey Frank O'Sullivan
Rodgers Frank O'Sullivan
Karen Burns Fedelma Cullen
Priest Peadar Lamb
Colonel Tom Daly Peadar Lamb
Harry Burns Kevin McHugh
Sean Mulligan Kevin Flood
Fr. Meegan Godfrey Quigley
Lowry Godfrey Quigley
Richenda Fitzmaurice Liz Bono
Carol Eleanor Feely
Girl Eleanor Feely
Teresa Eleanor Feely
Student Eleanor Feely
Billy Kevin Reynolds
Young Man Kevin Reynolds
Pierre Kevin Reynolds
Jake Michael O'Sullivan
Rose Amanda Benson
Kathy Amanda Benson
Student Amanda Benson
Soldier Tom O'Brien
Peasant Tom O'Brien
Aide Tom O'Brien
Production Team  
Director John Lynch(1)
Designer Bronwen Casson
Lighting Roger Frith
Sound Dave Nolan
Composer Bill Whelan
Design Assistant Karen Weavers
Production Manager Trevor Dawson
Stage Director Ruth Culleton
Stage Manager John Kells
Assistant Stage Manager Helen Casey
Props Master Stephen Molloy
Set Construction Martin Hayes
Set Construction Peter Rose
Set Construction Mark Darley
Set Construction John Kavanagh (3)
Scenic Artist Bairbre Murray
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Vicky Miller
Wardrobe Assistant Maggie Naughter
Photography Fergus Bourke

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Rosica Colin Ltd.

  • Address

    1 Clareville Grove Mews
    London SW7 5AH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7370 1080

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rosica Colin Ltd.

  • Address

    1 Clareville Grove Mews
    London SW7 5AH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7370 1080

Source Of Information

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