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A View on Vanessa

A correspondence with interludes from the stage.


  • Playwright

    Sybil Le Brocquy 

  • Setting

    Set in 1967 in the living room of the O'Briens' Dublin flat.

  • Synopsis

    A group gather to read the personal correspondance between Jonathan Swift and Vanessa. As the evening progresses, the minutiae of their own personal lives rises to the surface.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    19 April 1967

  • Producer

    Produced by Lantern Theatre Club

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the Lantern Theatre Club at 38 Merrion Square East, Dublin.

Original Cast  
Hetty Moore/Vanessa Deirdre Maher
Sean Macken/Swift Paul Clarke
Kate O'Brien Miriam McCann
Ricky Maguire Denis Merritt
Eileen Maguire Eugenie Merritt
Jim O'Brien Tom Turley
Production Team  
Director Liam Miller
Designer Liam Miller

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