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Only an Apple


  • Playwright

    Tom MacIntyre 

  • Author Notes

    Commissioned by the Abbey Theatre.
  • Setting

    Country residence of the Taoiseach, the present day.

  • Synopsis

    Fearing the rising star of his ambitious chief whip, the Taoiseach decides to eliminate his rival through the time-honoured means of sex and scandal. His chosen accomplices are Queen Elizabeth I of England and Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen. Arriving in a raucous storm of sexual mischief, the royal guests proceed to wreak merry havoc on the Taoiseach's household, leaving their host with considerably more than he had originally bargained for.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Grace Cathy Belton
Hislop Michael McElhatton
Arkins Marty Rea
Elizabeth Fiona Bell
The Wife Tina Kellegher
McPhrunty Steve Blount
Taoiseach Don Wycherley
Sheridan Malcolm Adams
Production Team  
Director Selina Cartmell
Set Designer Dick Bird
Lighting Designer Matthew Richardson
Costume Designer Niamh Lunny
Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
Voice Director Andrea Ainsworth
Choreographer Ella Clarke
Composer Conor Linehan
Deputy Stage Manager Amy Burke
Assistant Stage Manager Clare Howe
Assistant Stage Manager Bronagh Doherty
Company Stage Manager Anne Kyle
Graphic Design Red Dog
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Casting Director Holly NĂ­ Chiardha
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Only an Apple

  • Year


  • Published By

    New Island Books

  • Address

    2 Brookside, Dundrum Road
    Dublin 14
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 298 9937

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Jonathan Williams Literary Agency

  • Address

    1 Urban Villas, Tivoli Terrace North
    Dun Laoghaire
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 280 3482

Source Of Information

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