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A Pagan Place


  • Playwright

    Edna O'Brien 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Edna O'Brien

  • Setting

    The action takes place in the environs of Coose, a townland in the West of Ireland.

  • Synopsis

    An adaptation of O'Brien's novel of the same name, telling the story of a girl, who is seduced by a priest and how those close to her react to it when they find out.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Emma Brenda Fricker
Con David Burke
Josie Colette O'Neil
Miss Davitt Avril Elgar
First Nun Avril Elgar
Father Declan David Daker
Dr. Daly Dave Allen
Lizzie Angela Crow
Eamonn Alex Farrell
Nigger Declan Mulholland
Aunt Bride Kitty Fitzgerald
Creena Veronica Quilligan
Mr. Holland Dermot Tuohy
Caimin Patrick Dawson
Della Sheelagh Cullen
Second Nun Sheelagh Cullen
Petronella Sally Travers
Guard Shaughnessy Donal Cox
Ambie Struan Rodger
Third Nun Diane Holland
Production Team  
Director Ronald Eyre
Designer Sean Kenny
Lighting Sean Kenny

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)

  • Address

    55 New Oxford Street
    London WC1A 1BS

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript.