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Little City


  • Playwright

    Séamus Byrne 

  • Setting

    The action of the play takes place in a shabby third-rate hotel in the suburbs of 1960s Dublin.

  • Synopsis

    The story concerns the inhabitants of a Dublin hotel and in particular the problem of Clare, the parlour maid, who is pregnant by Peter Donegan, the errant son of the proprietress. Vincent, the boot-boy, takes it up on himself to arrange with Mrs. Donegan and the strange Mr. Graham to procure an abortion, which is fixed for the finale.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    01 October 1962

  • Producer

    Presented by Gemini Productions

  • Original Venue

    Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Originally rejected by the Abbey, 'Little City' was first performed as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1962.

Original Cast  
Clare Máire Hastings
Graham Gerard Healy
O'Rourke Brian Waldron
Wheeler Michael Ryan
Vincent Dermot Kelly
Duffy Desmond Perry
Flynn Kevin McHugh
Malone Derry Power
Mrs. Donegan Anna Manahan
Canning Martin Dempsey
Farrell Noel Ó Briain
Production Team  
Director Barry Cassin
Producer Phyllis Ryan
Producer Norman Rodway
Stage Director Joan Huet
Stage Manager Katherine O'Doherty
Assistant Stage Manager Candida Wright
Props Master Ivan Dixon
PR Dahna Davis

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Little City

  • Year


  • Published By

    Proscenium Press

  • Address

    Newark, Delaware

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was sourced from production programme and contemporary press cuttings.