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The Hunt for Red Willie


  • Playwright

    Ken Bourke 

  • Synopsis

    On a remote stretch of bog in County Donegal in 1829, a local landlord meets his end while in pursuit of the notorious Red Willie. Foul play is suspected and the hunt is on. A farcical romp that casts a warm side-long glance at some of the classic plays of Irish theatre.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Doubling of cast is intentional.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Fardy McHugh Sean Rocks
Bessy McMullen Tina Kellegher
Sally Dawn Bradfield
Sergeant Tanner David Pearse
Buck Jones Clive Geraghty
Production Team  
Director Mark Lambert
Designer Donatella Barbieri
Designer Jamie Vartan
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Music Composed by David Downes
Musician Ronan O'Reilly
Musician Feargal Murray
Musician John O'Brien (2)
Masks Gabby Dowling
Stage Director Angie White
Acting ASM Sean Bruno
Assistant Stage Manager Maree Kearns
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Dresser Annie Cartwright
Dresser Niamh McAdam
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Down the Line / The Hunt for Red Willie

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website


  • ISBN


Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Ken Bourke

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)56 775 6687

  • Email


Source Of Information

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