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The Barracks

An Adapation of John McGahern's Novel.


  • Playwright

    Hugh Leonard 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    John McGahern

  • Setting

    The Action of the play takes part for the most part in the Garda Barracks in a small village in the midlands.

  • Synopsis

    Elizabeth Reegan, after years of freedom--and loneliness--marries into the enclosed Irish village of her upbringing. The children are not her own; her husband is straining to break free from the servile security of the police force; and her own life, threatened by illness, seems to be losing the last vestiges of its purpose.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Sergeant Reegan Martin Dempsey
Elizabeth Reegan Aideen O'Kelly
Guard Mullins Edward Golden
Guard Casey Desmond Perry
Michael Halliday Gerry Alexander
Doctor and Priest Edward Byrne
Superintendent Quirke Conor Evans
Mrs. Casey Ann Rowan
Nurse Áine Ní Mhuirí
Willie Dermot Ryan
Una Bernadette Hoey
Sheila Helena Kane
Production Team  
Director Tomás Mac Anna
Designer Patrick Murray
Stage Director Mai McFall
Stage Manager Ann Myler
Stage Manager Tommy Rogers
Assistant Stage Manager Maureen Simpson
Set Painter Brian Collins
Chief Electrician Tom Connor
Company Artistic Director Phyllis Ryan

Unpublished Scripts

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    All Rights

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and other published material.