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Asylum! Asylum!


  • Playwright

    Donal O'Kelly 

  • Setting

    All the action takes place in Dublin, beginning in the recent past and ending in the near future.

  • Synopsis

    The play deals with the plight of Joseph Omara, a Ugandan refugee who arrives in Ireland without a visa. The horrors of his situation emerge as his solicitor Mary unfolds his story. She tries to get asylum in Ireland for Joseph. She discovers a whole new meaning for the term 'an Irish welcome'.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Barmaid Judith Ryan
Mary Gaughran Jane Brennan
Bill Gaughran Vincent McCabe
Pillar Boylan Conor McDermottroe
Leo Gaughran David Herlihy
Joseph Omara David Fishley
Production Team  
Director John Crowley
Designer Paul McCauley
Lighting Tony Wakefield
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Fight Director Laurence Foster
Music written and performed by Mel Mercier
Musician Niall Valelly
Musician Brendan Ring
Design Co-ordinator Karen Weavers
Stage Director Collette Morris
Assistant Stage Manager Eibhlin de Barra
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Graphic Design Irish Theatre Publications
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Peter McAllister

Published Scripts

  • Title

    New Plays from the Abbey Theatre 1993-1995

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  • Published By

    Syracuse University Press

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Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

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