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Vive La


  • Playwright

    Donal O'Kelly 

  • Synopsis

    It is February 1798. A Frenchman walks into the village of The Naul in North County Dublin. He is, he says, a prisoner-of-war escaped from an English jail. Soon he is training the local United Irishmen. He’s dubbed Vive La for exclaiming "vive la liberte" at every chance. But nothing is quite as it seems that winter of 1798...

  • Play Type

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  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. Vive La is introduced by a company of five mummers and these five mummers play all of the other characters.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Leonard MacNally Donal O'Kelly
Ropegirl Sinead Murphy
Corr the Nauler Sinead Murphy
Shade - Mummer Sinead Murphy
Major Swaine Sorcha Fox
Mrs Maul Sorcha Fox
Tarantella - Mummer Sorcha Fox
Phelan Sorcha Fox
Caroline Sorcha Fox
Madeleine Sorcha Fox
l'Aerialist Mysterieux/Dominic Flynn Ciaran Kenny
Redser - Mummer Ciaran Kenny
Handler Cooke Trevor Knight
Torlock - Mummer Trevor Knight
Kelleher the Nauler Donal O'Kelly
Sparrow Doyle Donal O'Kelly
Nighthall MC Donal O'Kelly
Bizon - Mummer Donal O'Kelly
Snow Sinead Murphy
Production Team  
Director Raymond Keane
Set Designer Miriam Duffy
Lighting Designer Nick Anton
Costume Designer Miriam Duffy
Composer Trevor Knight
Live Music Trevor Knight
Executive Producer Jane Daly
Production Manager Ronan Fingleton
Stage Director Tracy Martin
Stage Director Paula Donaghue
Tour Technician Ronan Fingleton
Programme Design Alphabet Soup
Poster Designer Conor Gallagher
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Poster Photography Conor Gallagher
Publicity Deirdre Learmont
Administrator Lian Bell
Deputy Designer Bianca Moore

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Source Of Information

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