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Moving Out


  • Playwright

    Brendan Behan 

  • Setting

    Dublin in the 1950's.

  • Notes

    Originally commissioned by Radio Eireann and broadcast in 1952, The Pike Theatre Club staged Moving Out and A Garden Party as a short two-act piece entitled 'The New House'. It was presented as a companion piece to 'The Big House'.

  • Synopsis

    In the very short piece Jim Hannigan's starts his day just like any other, however on his return from work he discovers that his wife has moved the family out to the new houses and he's to join them for tea...Jim was born and reared in the city and not sure how he'll cope with suburbia.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

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  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    06 May 1958

  • Producer

    Produced by The Pike Theatre

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Pike Theatre Club, Dublin.

Original Cast  
Gabble Gibbon Charles Roberts
Chris Hannigan Ann Coghlan
Mrs. Carmody Marcella Grimes
Barman Denis Hickey
Jim Hannigan Michael McCabe(2)
Old Man Gearóid Ó Lochlainn
Seamus Hannigan Morgan Redmond
Shop Lady Carolyn Swift
Mrs. Hanratty May Ollis
Noel Hannigan Christopher Fitz-Simon
Bus Conductor James Caffrey
Eileen Hannigan Nuala O'Faoláin
Production Team  
Director Alan Simpson
Set Designer John Jay
Lighting Alan Simpson
Assistant Director Carolyn Swift
Set Construction Edmund Kelly
Set Painter John Jay

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Behan: The Complete Plays.

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  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the published playscript.