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A Rescued, Abridged and Weightless History of Cork City


  • Playwright

    John McCarthy (1)  Sara-Jane Power  Ciarán Ó Conaill 

  • Setting

    The house of Henry William Hollander on the North Mall, 1622.

  • Synopsis

    In May 1622 the night sky of Cork City filled with tens of thousands of starlings, in two ‘armies’, engaged in aerial battle. The battle raged through the night, causing several thousand to plunge to the earth dead. On the same evening a story began in the cellar of Hollander house, a story heralding centuries of grand experiment and adventure, of great loss and extraordinary discovery.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    17 June 2009

  • Production Notes

    Performed as part of the 2009 Cork Midsummer Festival.
  • Producer

    Produced by Hammergrin

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Site-specific. Performed at Number 8, North Mall in Cork City to a maximum of 14 audience members at a time.

Original Cast  
Hollander John McCarthy (1)
Tour Guide Karen Kelleher
The Digger Paul Mulcahy
Tour Guide Karol Mann
The Maid Una Kirwan
The Prostitute Irene Kelleher
Musician Fiona Lucia McGarry
Musician Leonora Daly
Production Team  
Director Sara-Jane Power
Set Designer Ronan Fitzgibbon
Lighting Designer Eoin Winning
Costume Designer Sara-Jane Power
Music and Sound by Ciarán Ó Conaill
Stage Management Karen Kelleher
Lighting Operator David Teixeira-Lynch
Set Construction Bobby O'Neill
Set Realisation Ronan Fitzgibbon
Set Realisation Gavin McEntee
Make-Up Emer Ryan
Production Management Eoin Winning
MSF Production Management Kay O'Mahoney

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact


  • Address

    Co. Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)85 7192592 or (0)86 1632615

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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