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The Wood of the Whispering


  • Playwright

    Michael Joseph (M.J.) Molloy 

  • Setting

    Set outside the old main entrance to Castle D'Arcy.

  • Synopsis

    The loss of traditional rural values in the West of Ireland is central to this play. The results of emigration from the region are no weddings and no children. Those left there are left to totter in to old age. But Sanbatch Daly, a descendant of the derelict Big House is determined to reverse the problem of rural decline.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Con Kinsella Ray McAnally
Sheila Lanigan Doreen Madden
Paddy King Brian O'Higgins
Stephen Lanigan Michael J. Dolan
Sadie Tubridy Brid Lynch
Sanbatch Daly Philip O'Flynn
Hotha Broderick Micheál Ó Briain
Jimmy King Harry Brogan
Kitty Wallace Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Mark Tristan Joe Lynch
Production Team  
Settings by Vere Dudgeon
Produced by Ria Mooney
Stage Manager Sean Mooney(2)

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email


Source Of Information

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