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The Birds


  • Playwright

    Conor McPherson 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Daphne Du Maurier

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier.

  • Setting

    A house in the countryside.

  • Synopsis

    Three strangers take refuge in an abandoned house as flocks of birds attack all around them. A chilling story of terror and suspense loosely based on the famous short story by Daphne Du Maurier.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    29 September 2009

  • Production Notes

    Produced as part of the 2009 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival

  • Producer

    Produced by Gate Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    First performed as part of the 2009 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.

Original Cast  
Nat Ciaran Hinds
Diane Sinead Cusack
Julia Denise Gough
Production Team  
Director Conor McPherson
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Composer Fionnuala Ní Chiosáin
Pianist Fionnuala Ní Chiosáin
Double Bass Paul Moore (3)
Production Manager James McConnell
Production Co-ordinator Val Keogh
Stage Director Donna Leonard
Technician Brian Cahill (2)
Technician Richard Lambert
Set Construction Theatre Production Services (TPS)
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Dresser Elizabeth McElligott
Dresser Máire Ní Dhomhnaill (2)
Wardrobe Kiki Beamish
Graphic Design aka Design
Production Photography Anthony Woods
Designer Rae Smith
Assistant Show Manager Laura Brady
Casting Sarah Bird
Hair & Make-Up Anne Dunne
Assistant to Designer Alyson Cummins

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

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