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The Speckled People


  • Playwright

    Hugo Hamilton 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Hugo Hamilton

  • Author Notes

    Adapted by the author from his 2003 memoir of the same name

  • Setting

    Ireland in the 1950s.

  • Synopsis

    Set in 1950s Ireland, this is the story of a young boy trapped in a language war, struggling with what it means to be speckled, “half and half...Irish on top and German below.”

    Caught between his fiercely nationalistic father and his warm-hearted German mother, Hanni must free himself from his parents’ secrets before he can find a place where he belongs.

    A new stage version of the best-selling memoir of the same name.

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Father (Seán) Denis Conway
Gearóid John Kavanagh (1)
Aunt Eily Marion O'Dwyer
Stiegler Stephen Brennan (1)
Shopkeeper Tom Hickey
Boy (Hanni) Tadhg Murphy
Bully Boy 1 John Cronin
Mother (Irmgard) Julika Jenkins
Bully Boy 2 Jonathan Delaney Tynan
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Lighting Designer Davy Cunningham
Production Manager Valerie Keogh
Production Manager Jim McConnell
Stage Director Anne Layde
Assistant Stage Manager Monica Callan
Assistant Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
Set & Costume Designer Joe Vanek
Technician Simon Maxwell
Technician Andy Walsh
Set Construction Theatre Production Services (TPS)
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Wardrobe Supervisor Kiki Beamish
Wardrobe Assistant Eimear Farrell
Costume Construction Nadia Rawy
Graphic Design aka Design
Tailor Denis Darcy
Photography Patrick Redmond
Hair & Make-Up Anne Dunne
Composer/Sound Designer Philip Stewart

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency

  • Address

    20 Powis Mews
    London W11 1JN

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7221 3717

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the programme for the original production and from the Dublin Theatre Festival website.