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The Fantastical Feats of FINN MacCOOL


  • Playwright

    Seán McCarthy 

  • Notes

    Featured music composed and played by Planxty

  • Synopsis

    A modern reworking of the legend of the Fianna. The plot interweaves the stories of Oisín and Tir na nÓg, with the romance of Diarmuid and Gráinne, culminating in a cruel take on Saint Patrick and a denial of Oisin's conversion.

  • 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


  • Production Notes

    First produced by The Young Lyceum Company of Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First produced at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Original Cast  
Sava Jeananne Crowley
Oisín Tony Rohr
Dougie Patrick Malahide
Druid Dermot Crowley
Queen Jan Wilson
Niaf Muriel Romanes
King Ron Bain
Angus John Bett
Bran John Bett
Cormack John Bett
Son of Morna John Bett
Enemy John Bett
Cam John Bett
Son of Morna Kevin Costello
Enemy Kevin Costello
Keelta Kevin Costello
Deering Kevin Costello
Dougie Kevin Costello
Gráinne Jeni Geffin
Patrick Michael Harrigan
Goll Michael Harrigan
Finn Tony Haygarth
Surly Hamish Imlach
Nevin Hamish Imlach
Diarmuid Alex Norton
Cam Bill Paterson
Sgeolan Julian Tew
Singer Hamish Imlach
Singer Dolina Maclennan
Production Team  
Director Ian Ireland
Set Designer John Byrne (2)
Lighting Designer Andre Tammes
Costume Designer Priscilla Truett
Movement Director Stuart Hopps
Fight Director Hans Z. Mater
Musician Johnny Moynihan
Musician Liam O Flynn
Musician Paul Brady
Musician Andy Irvine
Musician Christy Moore
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Source Of Information

The information for this entrty was taken from the original production programme, with additional information provided by the playwright.