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The Butterfly Ranch


  • Playwright

    Tom Swift 

  • Synopsis

    A dark and deeply political meditation on life's repeating cycles of violence, this play tells the the tale of a mystery boy who falls from the sky into the muddy, murky and violent world of Jed Senior. On Jed's ranch the swine feed on butterflies, Latvian farmhands run internet scams and power flutters from the barrel of a gun. But the boy's eagerness to learn Jed's etiquette of violence upsets the balance of power, leading to a bloody conflict which leaves no-one on the Butterfly Ranch unscathed.

  • 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  
Mr. Kennedy Mal Whyte
Bully Mal Whyte
Jed Senior Mal Whyte
Katya Michelle Read
Prettiest Girl in School Michelle Read
Chief Air Hostess Michelle Read
Nikolai Louis Lovett
Boy Louis Lovett
Voice Damien Devaney
Farmer Peter Daly
Jed Junior Peter Daly
Production Team  
Director Jo Mangan
Set Designer Sinead O'Hanlon
Producer Jo Mangan
Producer Tom Swift
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
Costume Designer Suzanne Keogh
Sound Designer Paul Brennan (2)
Choreographer Nanette Kincaid
Fight Director Paul Burke
PR Cerstin Mudiwa
Photography Colm Hogan
Projections Sinead Woods
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Source Of Information

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