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Women in Arms


  • Playwright

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the epic poem Tain Bo Cuailgne.
  • Synopsis

    Women in Arms draws extensively from the great epic poem Tain Bo Cuailgne, to assert through the stories of Nessa, Macha, Deirdre and Maeve an alternative to the feeble, effete view of women in Irish history.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Macha Melody McNamara
Fergus Eamon Maguire
Deirdre Bairbre NĂ­ Chaoimh
Nessa Kate Hogan
Maeve Kay Ray Malone
Con Maurice Sheehan
Naoisi Dan Mullane
Production Team  
Director Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy
Designer Patrick Murray
Music written and performed by James McCarthy
Music written and performed by Dan Murphy
Music written and performed by Colm Murphy (2)
Music written and performed by Declan Synnott
Lighting Technician Kieran Murphy
Sound Engineer Donagh Long
PR Maureen Kelleher
Administrator Gerry Barnes

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy

  • Address

    Co. Tipperary
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

Source Of Information

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