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Johnny Patterson: The Singing Irish Clown


  • Playwright

    Little John Nee 

  • Setting

    Ireland, the mid to late 19th century.

  • Synopsis

    An homage to the the balladeer and circus performer Johnny Patterson, born in County Clare in the 1840s. Orphaned at a young age, Patterson went on to enjoy an extraordinary career as a singer and entertainer at home and abroad. His personal life, however, was not without its own tragedy. The production includes songs from Patterson's original repertoire.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Paddy Shoes Roger Gregg
Snowdrop Bryan Burroughs
Our Johnny Little John Nee
Production Team  
Director Raymond Keane
Set Designer Kieran McNulty
Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels
Producer Maria Fleming
Costume Designer Marie Tierney
Costume Assistant Orla Goodwin
Sound Designer Roger Gregg
Composer Roger Gregg
Production Manager Marie Tierney
Stage Director Kate Ferris
Assistant Stage Manager Rory Musgrave
Set Construction Ian Thompson
Scenic Artist Jack Kirwan
Production Electrician Katherine Graham
Photography Patrick Redmond
Publicity Kate Bowe (Bowe Communications)
Co-Producer Selina O'Reilly
Intern Katie O'Kelly
Design & Construction of elephants Andrew Clancy
Johnny Patterson Graphic Andrew Barry

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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