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Fr Mathew


  • Playwright

    Seán McCarthy 

  • Synopsis

    A play about the life of Father Theobald Mathew, whose crusade led to the virtual elimination of alcohol abuse in mid-19th century Ireland. Despite his success in convincing three million Irish to pledge abstinence, the Capuchin friar was also embroiled in financial, political and ethical woes. The play explores Father Mathew’s struggles and honours his achievements as a social reformer, revolutionary thinker and charismatic leader.

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  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
John Liam Heffernan
Fr Mathew Malcolm Adams
The Demon Carl Kennedy
Production Team  
Director John Breen
Set Designer Marcus Costello
Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell
Costume Designer Sinead Cuthbert
Sound Designer Cormac O'Connor (1)
Choreographer Philip McTeggart Walsh
Stage Manager Amanda Ferriter
Assistant Stage Manager Ciara O'Keeffe
Technician Daragh Murphy
Technician Mick Hurley
Technician Declan O'Mullane
Technician Chris Gaughan
Technician Joe Stockdale
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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.