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Operation Easter


  • Playwright

    Donal O'Kelly 

  • Synopsis

    Saturday 29th April 1916: Six days of armed insurrection and the exhausted leaders of the Easter Rising are holed up in number 16 Moore Street. A young nurse, Elizabeth O’Farrell, is chosen to carry Pearse’s offer of surrender to the British forces. Winding her way through war-torn streets, braving machine gun fire, Elizabeth delivers her message to General Lowe and so the leaders begin their journey to Kilmainham Gaol and the firing squad.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast Doubling is possible. See Original Production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    26 April 2006

  • Producer

    Produced by Calypso Productions

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8.

Original Cast  
Photographer Tom Murphy (2)
Priest Tom Murphy (2)
Willie Pearse Tom Murphy (2)
A Tobacco Seller Tom Murphy (2)
Shin Tom Murphy (2)
Eoin Mac Neill Tom Murphy (2)
James Connolly Arthur Riordan
A Property Developer Arthur Riordan
Tom Clarke Donal O'Kelly
A Tour Guide Donal O'Kelly
Elizabeth Mary Murray
Elizabeth O'Farrell Mary Murray
Kathleen Clarke Mary Murray
Grace Gifford Mary Murray
Mrs Pearse Mary Murray
Lillie Connolly Mary Murray
British Officer Phelim Drew
A Big Issue Seller Phelim Drew
Brin Phelim Drew
General Lowe's Son Phelim Drew
Leslie Phelim Drew
Maxwell Gerard Lee
General Lowe Gerard Lee
Dr. Healy Gerard Lee
Patrick Pearse Luke Griffin
A Street Vendor Luke Griffin
Joseph Plunkett Ruaidhri Conroy
A Security Man Ruaidhri Conroy
Chinese Boy Ermal Hyseni
Japanese Tourist Ermal Hyseni
British Soldier Solomon Ijigade
A Street Vendor Solomon Ijigade
Singer Solomon Ijigade
British Soldier Ronan Phelan
A Building Contractor Ronan Phelan
Production Team  
Director Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Set Designer Robert Ballagh
Producer Claire McEwen
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Sound Denis Clohessy
Production Manager Marie Tierney
Stage Director Mags Mulvey
Stage Manager Martin Cahill
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Co-Producer Selina O'Reilly
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Source Of Information

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