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The Shape of Metal


  • Playwright

    Thomas Kilroy 

  • Setting

    The play is set in Nell Jeffrey's studio in 1972 and 2002.

  • Synopsis

    The Shape of Metal explores the life and work of a sculptor and her complex and often difficult relationship with her two daughters, Judith and Grace. On the eve of the opening of a permanent exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned sculptor Nell Jeffrey and her daughter Judith struggle to come to terms with the disappearance of Grace, Judith’s elder sister, who walked out of her mother’s studio thirty years before. The mystery of Grace’s disappearance lies at the heart of the play, and haunts both Judith’s life and Nell’s work until finally, through a cruel twist of fate, mother and daughter are forced to confront the events of the past, and exorcise its unquiet ghosts.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Judith Eleanor Methven
Grace Justine Mitchell
Nell Jeffrey Sarah Kestleman
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Set Designer Alan Farquharson
Set Designer John Comiskey
Lighting Designer Alan Farquharson
Lighting Designer John Comiskey
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Designer Gareth Fry
Stage Director Audrey Hession
Assistant Stage Manager Marella Boschi
Sound Operator Cormac Carroll
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
PR Gerry Lundberg
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Casting Marie Kelly (1)
Programme Zeus Creative Consultants

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd

  • Address

    Paddock Suite, The Courtyard
    55 Charterhouse Street
    London EC1M 6HA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7253 6226

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Source Of Information

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