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Big Maggie


  • Playwright

    John B. Keane 

  • Notes

    'Big Maggie' subsequently transferred to the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, where it ran for 18 weeks. The role of Maggie was played by a variety of actresses over this extended run, including Joan O’Hara, Doreen Hepburn, Ronnie Masterson and Anna Manahan.

  • Synopsis

    Maggie is determined to create a better life for herself and her children after the death of her husband. Her vision of the future, however, is not one that sits comfortably with her offspring.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Gert Dearbhla Molloy
Mrs. Madden Sheila O'Sullivan
Old Man Robert Carrickford
Teddy Heelin Gerry Sullivan
Maggie Polpin Marie Kean
Maurice Bob Carlile
Byrne Arthur O'Sullivan (2)
Katie Liz Davis
Mary Madden Brenda Fricker
Mick Niall O'Brien(1)
Old Woman Eileen Lemass
Production Team  
Director Barry Cassin
Artistic Director Phyllis Ryan
Settings by Patrick Murray
Stage Director Mai McFall

Published Scripts

Rights Information

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  • Contact

    Mercier Press

  • Address

    Unit 3B, Oak House
    Bessboro Road, Blackrock
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)21 4614700

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  • Website


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  • Contact

    Drama League of Ireland

  • Address

    Mill Theatre
    Dundrum Town Centre
    Dundrum, Dublin 16
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)1 2969343

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  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript and other printed material.