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Dr. Ledbetter's Experiment


  • Playwright

    Tom Swift 

  • Synopsis

    In this gothic tale, the audience don headphones to become veritable 'audio detectives'. The audience are taken on a journey through some of Kilkenny's most historic and intriguing settings as the story of the most notorious physician and philanthropist, Dr. Ledbetter(a man mysteriously airbrushed from the pages of history), is revealed to them.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    08 April 2004

  • Producer

    Produced by The Performance Corporation and Kilkenny Arts Festival

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    The play was presented in promenade, where the audience followed the action through the streets of Kilkenny. It was also performed at Edinburgh University during the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe.

Original Cast  
Prisoner Fergal McElherron
Constable Damien Devaney
Prisoner Damien Devaney
Goodman Damien Devaney
Keohane Damien Devaney
Dr. Ledbetter Rory Nolan
Nora Niamh Daly
Emily Niamh Daly
Prisoner Niamh Daly
Mrs. Keohane Aoife Molony
Schoolteacher Aoife Molony
Colonel Fergal McElherron
Coroner Fergal McElherron
Rev. Spenser Fergal McElherron
Hughes the Gaoler Fergal McElherron
Dr. Jenkins Fergal McElherron
Interrogator Aoife Molony
Prisoner Aoife Molony
Florence Aoife Molony
Florence Niamh Daly
Production Team  
Director Jo Mangan
Visual Design Almha Roche
Producer Maureen Kennelly
Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy
Costume Designer Suzanne Keogh
Music Composed by Rob Canning
Production Manager Arno Nauwels
Stage Director Hannah Solley
Stage Manager Sinéad O'Neill
Photography Colm Hogan
PR/Marketing Officer Cerstin Mudiwa
Make-Up Lorraine McCrann
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Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.