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Madam T

A Bordello Opera


  • Playwright

    Johnny Hanrahan 

  • Author Notes

    Based on Maupassant's comic short story, The House of Madam Tellier.
  • Setting

    Set in a small dockside brothel

  • Synopsis

    Madam T and her girls entertain local worthies in her genteel parlour, offering the promise and the glimpse of the erotic and the exotic. An improvised family evolves in this place where private desires and pain are embraced in an atmosphere of tea, illicit sex and sympathy. When Madam T is asked to revisit her own country family as communion sponsor for her niece, her entire entourage decamps to her home village.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production also featured a large local chorus. The part of Constance was played on alternate nights by two actors.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 April 2005

  • Production Notes

    Presented as part of Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture in association with Cork Operaworks.
  • Producer

    Produced by Meridian Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

    The Everyman

Original Cast  
Philippe Frank Bourke
Constance Fiona Hayes
Constance Julie Dunne
Judge Diarmuid Fehily
Pimpesse Dave Coon
Louise Tracy Harper
Rosa Teresa La Rocca
Judge(Private) Richard Wiegold
Madam T(Private) Sonya Keogh
Tango Dancer Julie Kelleher
Flora Julie Sharkey
Tourneveau Kieran Ahern
Madam T Billie Traynor
Dupuis Myles Horgan
Fernande Fiona Condon
Tango Dancer Dan O'Mahony
Production Team  
Director Johnny Hanrahan
Designer Colin Falconer
Lighting Designer Paul Denby
Producer Maura O'Keeffe
Sound Designer Cormac O'Connor (1)
Choreographer Liz Roche
Composer Cormac O'Connor (1)
Musical Director John O'Brien (2)
Director's Assistant Julie Kelleher
Set Dresser Deirdre Dwyer
Set Dresser Derek Foott
Set Dresser Sarah O'Brien
Set Dresser Lucie Ryan Donnelly
Set Dresser Brian Harte
Set Dresser Phelim McMahon
Assistant Choreographer Grant McLay
Project Manager Nicola Swanton
Assistant Producer Deborah Dignam
Production Manager Joe Stockdale
Stage Director Anne Brodie
Stage Manager Michael Kyle
Assistant Stage Manager Eavan Murphy
Sound Operator Derek Foott
Production Assistant Christine McDonagh
Set Construction Mick Heffernan
Set Construction Paul Hogan
Costume Co-ordinator Joan Hickson
Crew Sarah Flynn
Crew Aoife Davis
Crew Aoife Guilfoyle
Crew Carol Guilfoyle
Graphic Design Kieran O'Connor
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Librarian Allia Gray
Publicity Siobhan Colgan
Development Manager Bridget Cleary
Repetiteur Rhoda Dullea
Administrator Dara Reali

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Johnny Hanrahan

  • Address

    c/o Revere
    South Douglas
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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