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La Corbière


  • Playwright

    Anne Hartigan 

  • Synopsis

    Based on an actual incident arising from the occupation of Jersey by the Germans during World War II, La Corbière is a poetical and imagistic treatment of the fate of a boatload of French whores from Normandy, imported for the entertainment of the troops. On their return journey, their ship struck the coast at La Corbière lighthouse and sank in a matter of minutes. Of the small group only Marie Claire survives. She bears witness by leading us back into the individual lives of those who are true witnesses: the drowned, the submerged, the annihilated.

  • 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  
Céleste Clodagh O'Donoghue
Sailor (1) Joe Hanley
Kurt Joe Hanley
Man on the Phone Joe Hanley
Angélique Virginia Cole
Désirée Joy Forsythe
Marie-Claire Eithne Dempsey
Sailor (2) Declan Walsh
Klaus Declan Walsh
Production Team  
Director Cathy Leeney
Designer Pauline Donnelly
Designer Dominic Hartigan
Lighting Designer Paul O'Neill
Costumes Maire O'Higgins
Costumes Maire Hearty
Costumes Kirstie McGhie
Production Manager Dominic Hartigan

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Elizabeth Hartigan

  • Address

    2 Prebend Gardens
    London W4 1TW

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the printed script and from the 1989 Dublin Theatre Festival programme.