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This is What We Sang

A story of love and atonement.


  • Playwright

    Gavin Kostick 

  • Setting

    Belfast, the Jewish feastday of Yom Kippur.

  • Synopsis

    The drama is set on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement: five family members from across the globe and across the centuries seek absolution for their past. As they relate the tales of their lives, their secrets and sins, they tell the story of Belfast, the city they made home.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 October 2009

  • Production Notes

    Produced as part of the 2009 Ulster Bank Festival at Queen's.
  • Producer

    Produced by Kabosh

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the Belfast Synagogue, Somerton Road.

Original Cast  
Lev Lalor Roddy
Hannah Laura Hughes
Bill Paul Kennedy
Siss Jo Donnelly
Saul Alan Burke
Production Team  
Director Paula McFetridge
Set Designer Stuart Marshall
Set Anna Donovan
Set Caroline Curran
Set Lisa-Marie Cooke
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Producer Hugh Odling-Smee
Lighting Powerlight Lighting
Costume Designer Rosie Moore
Sound Third Source Media
Sound Alan McCracken
Music Composed by Neil Martin
Production Manager Elaine Barnes
Stage Manager Monica McNally
Sound Operator Karl Fitzpatrick
Production Assistant Ryan Crown
Set Construction Jim Carson
Lighting Crew Mick Draine
Lighting Crew Keith Shanks
Creative Producer Jo Egan
Voice Coach Peter Ballance
Administrator Fionnuala Kennedy
Bookkeeper Susan Neil
Seamstress Christine Boyle
Print Design Atto Design

Published Scripts

  • Title

    This Is What We Sang

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact


  • Address

    Imperial Buildings, 72 High Street
    Belfast BT1 2BE
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)28 9024 3343

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published play script.