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What Happened Bridgie Cleary


  • Playwright

    Tom MacIntyre 

  • Setting

    Set in an anteroom of heaven.

  • Synopsis

    Bridgie Cleary, a young farmer's wife, was burned alive in Tipperary for alleged witchcraft in 1895. In MacIntyre's play, Bridgie is reunited in the anteroom of heaven with her husband and her lover, both of whom are haunted by their love for her, and by their participation in her strange death.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Mikey Cleary Tom Hickey
William Simpson Declan Conlon
Bridgie Cleary Catherine Walker
Production Team  
Director Alan Gilsenan
Designer Joe Vanek
Lighting Kevin McFadden
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Cormac Carroll
Director's Assistant Catherine McFadden
Stage Director Audrey Hession
Assistant Stage Manager Pamela McQueen
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Author's Assistant Carla Braiden

Published Scripts

  • Title

    What Happened Bridgie Cleary

  • Year


  • Published By

    New Island Books

  • Address

    2 Brookside, Dundrum Road
    Dublin 14
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 298 9937

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Jonathan Williams Literary Agency

  • Address

    1 Urban Villas, Tivoli Terrace North
    Dun Laoghaire
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 280 3482

Source Of Information

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