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A Better Place


  • Playwright

    Robert Hogan 

  • Setting

    Over a period of three successive Summers, the action takes place mostly in and around Dublin but also partly in California.

  • Synopsis

    Hogan explores the real pathos of people who believe they love each other and yet cannot communicate with each other. Bill, an American Literary Agent in his forties, who has split from his wife and family, picks up a pretty young Irish woman, who has been similarily abandoned with her son by her husband. She falls into his arms as much out of boredom as anything else. After the Summer's affair, he returns to the States and fails to get the divorce he had promised to his Dublin lover, causing her to slip into a depression. However, by the play's end, with both protagonists on their uppers, there exists a gleam of hope

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Desmond Roche Brendan Cauldwell
Dan Walker Jon Ryan
Orla Craig Rebecca Wilkinson
Stella Claffey Lynn Redgrave
Bill Walker Dan O'Herlihy
Wanda Walker Pamela Mant
Niall Carney Dermot Crowley
Mrs. Claffey Helen Robinson
Con Claffey Arthur O'Sullivan (2)
Dorothy Minton Maureen O'Sullivan
Production Team  
Director John Clark
Designer John Clark
Settings by Robert Heade
Assistant Manager Ann O'Connor
Technical Director Robert Heade
Stage Director Yvette Hally
Stage Manager Mary Kearns
Assistant Stage Manager Liam Burke
Production Assistant Helen Quinn
Stage Carpenter Kevin Hudson
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Wardrobe Mistress Eileen Long
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells
Secretary Miranda Watkinson

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Rose Callaghan

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Source Of Information

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