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Dallas Sweetman


  • Playwright

    Sebastian Barry 

  • Setting

    Canterbury, the late 16th century.

  • Synopsis

    In England Elizabeth I reigns. In Ireland Gaelic lords battle with the new English for land rights. Against this turbulent background and into the heart of the cathedral emerges Dallas Sweetman, a humble servant to the great Lysaght family. He is called on to spin his strange and epic tale of love, honour, devotion and betrayal. But is he telling the truth and can he be forgiven by us - his judges?

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling possible. See original cast listing for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    24 September 2008

  • Production Notes

    Commissioned by Canterbury Cathedral in association with the Canterbury Festival.
  • Producer

    Produced by Paines Plough

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Staged as a site-specific piece in the nave of Canterbury Cathedral, England. Music was performed by the Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral under the direction of David Flood.

Original Cast  
Dallas Sweetman Conleth Hill
Mrs Reddan BrĂ­d Brennan
Lucinda Lisa Hogg
Sister Jillian Bradbury
Elizabeth I, Queen of England Jillian Bradbury
Ensemble Jillian Bradbury
Princess of Brazil Jillian Bradbury
Lucius David Sibley
Production Team  
Director Roxana Silbert
Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Chahine Yavroyan
Producer Emma Dunton
Sound Designer George Glossop
Composer Mark Dougherty
Musician Johnny Scott
Musician Brendan Monaghan
Musician John Robinson
Assistant Director Luke Kernaghan
Production Manager Simon Byford
Assistant Production Manager Philippa Smith
Stage Manager Christabel Anderson
Stage Manager Eavan Murphy
Stage Management Intern Naomi Young
Electrician Rachel Shipp
Electrician Ed Trotter
Set Construction Simon York
Stage Carpenter Peter Walleitner
Set Painter Kerry Jarrett
Wardrobe Supervisor Sian Harris
Chief Electrician Ian Brown (1)
Sound Engineer Fergus Mount
Sound Engineer Charlie Dorman
Casting Amy Ball
Choir Master David Flood

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Independent Talent Group

  • Address

    40 Whitfield Street
    London W1T 2RH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7636 6565

  • Website


Source Of Information

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