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At Swim-Two-Birds


  • Playwright

    Audrey Welsh 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Flann O'Brien

  • Author Notes

    An Adaptation of Flann O'Brien's novel.
  • Setting

    Set in Dublin in the 1930's(and earlier) and perhaps at Snámh-dá-éin(Swim-Two-Birds) on the banks of the river Shannon.

  • Synopsis

    The story of an Irish college student who, half to amuse himself and half to avoid work, writes an irreverent novel about the figures of Irish myth and legend in which characters come to life and riot against their author.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Brinsley Pat Laffan
Furriskey Pat Laffan
Cow Eugene Lambert
Good Fairy Eugene Lambert
The Pooka Eugene Lambert
Peggy Joan O'Hara
Teresa Joan O'Hara
The Maidservant Joan O'Hara
Sheila Lamont Joan O'Hara
Kelly Des Cave
Lamont Des Cave
Shorty Andrews Des Cave
Dona Ferentes John Olohan
Sweeney Peadar Lamb
Mr. Corcoran Peadar Lamb
Fionn MacCool Micheál Ó Briain
Bran's Uncle Micheál Ó Briain
Dermot Trellis Micheál Ó Briain
Jem Casey Pat Layde
Shanahan Vincent Dowling
Slug Willard Vincent Dowling
Donaghy Vincent Dowling
Timothy Danaos Bernard Collins
Bran Eamon Keane
William Tracy Eamon Keane
Production Team  
Director Alan Simpson
Set Designer John Ryan(4)
Lighting Designer Leslie Scott
Costume Designer Lyn Avery
Sound Nuala Golden
Sound Terry Gallivan
Puppeteer Judy Lambert
Stage Director Bríd Ní Shúilleabháin
Assistant Stage Director Christine Duane
Props Master Pat MacMullan
Cartoonist Bob Fannin

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