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The Flying Wheel


  • Playwright

    Donal Giltinan 

  • Synopsis

    Victor Patterson, a former national hero, married Deirdre, also a fighter for independence in their days of heady idealism. Victor is now a wealthy senator and with his sights set on a ministerial role but Deirdre's romantic idealism has failed her and she has taken to the drink. She knocks down and kills an elderly man while drink driving and Victor has to put everything at risk to cover up for her.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Walter Taggart Peadar Lamb
Joe Harty Pat Layde
Deirdre Patterson Marie Kean
Superintendent Taggart Philip O'Flynn
John Trumbell Micheál Ó Briain
Sergt. Rowan Micheál Ó Briain
Victor Patterson Geoff Golden
Dr. Phillips Bill Foley
Constantia Patterson Aideen O'Kelly
Denis Conlon Ray McAnally
Annie Eithne Lydon
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Ria Mooney
Stage Manager Sean Mooney(2)

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