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Bleeding Poets

A Macabre Comedy


  • Playwright

    Daniel Reardon 

  • Setting

    The Time: November 1847 The Place: The Bleeding Horse Public House, Camden Street, Dublin.

  • Synopsis

    It's 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the most devastating famine of the century. While legendary Dublin poet James Clarence Mangan nears the end of his life, blighted by malnourishment and addiction, Cork poet Francis Sylvester Mahony and unhinged American writer, Edgar Allan Poe arrive in Dublin on a mighty poetic pilgrimage. The three meet one fateful night at The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Francis Sylvester Mahony Arthur Riordan
Edgar Allen Poe Michael James Ford
James Clarence Mangan Mark O'Regan
Margaret Stackpoole Jennifer O'Dea
Mary Malone Lisa Lambe
Production Team  
Director Trevor Knight
Designer Miriam Duffy
Lighting Designer Nick Anton
Choreographer Muirne Bloomer
General Manager Maureen Loughran
Composer Trevor Knight
Production Manager Martin Cahill
Stage Director Tracy Martin
Assistant Stage Manager Eloise McInerney
Make-Up Val Sherlock
Publicity Zoetrope
Hair by Val Sherlock
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Daniel Reardon

  • Address

    2 Palace Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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