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Losing Steam


  • Playwright

    Raymond Scannell 

  • Setting

    Set in Cork in the 1980's.

  • Synopsis

    Based on the closure of two of Cork's largest employers in the 1980's, Ford and Dunlop, and the devastating effect it had on the city, 'Losing Steam' centres on two families caught up in this economic crisis on different levels and portrays the effect it had on their lives.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production there was a large community cast that played various roles.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    17 June 2004

  • Producer

    Produced by Corcadorca Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Presented as promenade theatre in part of the old Fords plant on Cork's Marina.

Original Cast  
Bernie Dempsey Noel O'Donovan
Bob Geraghty Kieran Ahern
Christy Hartnett Liam Heffernan
Fin Dempsey Aidan O'Hare
Frank Dempsey Damian Kearney
Amanda Geraghty Maria Hingerty
Shirley Geraghty Julie Kelleher
Production Team  
Director Pat Kiernan
Set Designer Dave Dummigan
Lighting Designer Paul Denby
Costume Designer Joan Hickson
Sound Designer Mel Mercier
Music Composed by Mel Mercier
Musician Diane O'Keeffe
Musician Pat Kelleher
Musician Ian Walsh
Musician Ricky Dineen
Musician Paddy 'Angel' O'Sullivan
Assistant Director Tom Creed
Lighting Assistant Eve D'Alton
Production Manager Joe Stockdale
Stage Manager Katherine Mahony
Assistant Stage Manager Geraldine Kendall
Assistant Stage Manager Eileen O'Shea
Sound Operator Richie St John
Production Assistant Mog
Set Construction Mick Heffernan
Set Construction Scott Duggan
Set Construction Jim Casey

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Lisa Richards Agency

  • Address

    108 Upper Leeson Street
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 637 5000

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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