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The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche


  • Playwright

    Thomas Kilroy 

  • Setting

    DUblin. The Present(1968).

  • Synopsis

    Kelly, the central figure in this piece, is a bit mouldy around the edges from the drink and years of being a bachelor. It's Saturday night, the pub's closed and the lads are back at Kelly's dingy flat. In the midst of this gathering appears Mr. Roche, a middle-aged gay man, and a young student. The party, whilst goading Mr. Roche en masse, discover his fear of confined spaces and after an argument with the host he is locked into the small cellar. He is disentombed shortly afterwards - apparently dead.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Kelly Niall Tóibín
Medical Student Derry Power
Seamus Kevin McHugh
Myles Clive Geraghty
Kevin Chris O'Neill
Mr. Roche Ronnie Walsh
Production Team  
Director Jim Fitzgerald
Settings by John Behan
Production Manager Brendan Connellan
Stage Director Monica Brophy
Stage Manager Ann Myler
Assistant Stage Manager Annette Hannigan

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd

  • Address

    Paddock Suite, The Courtyard
    55 Charterhouse Street
    London EC1M 6HA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7253 6226

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Source Of Information

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