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The Last Summer


  • Playwright

    Declan Hughes 

  • Setting

    Two days, two summers - August 1977 (the week before the Leaving Cert results) and August 2007.

  • Synopsis

    One day in summer 1977 a group of friends get together and talk of their dreams and anticipations of their futures. The reality of how their lives work out is revealed when they meet up exactly 30 years later in 2007.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    There were ten characters, one actor played two roles

Original Production

Original Cast  
Caroline Brady (age 46) Cathy Belton
Larry Doran (age 47) Peter Hanly
Paul Taylor (age 47) Declan Conlon
Tom Groves (age 48) Gary Lydon
Larry Doran (age 17) James Murphy (1)
Tom Groves (age 18) Paul Connaughton
Paul Taylor (age 17) Sam McGovern
Caroline Brady (age 16) Clare O'Malley
Michelle Groves (age 17) Clare O'Malley
Kevin Dunne (age 18) Kevin Shackleton
Production Team  
Director Toby Frow
Set Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Sound Designer Richard Hammarton
Composer Denis Clohessy
Production Manager James McConnell
Production Co-ordinator Val Keogh
Stage Director Anne Layde
Assistant Stage Manager Lucie Ryan Donnelly
Assistant Stage Manager Monica Callan
Technician Andy Walsh
Technician Simon Maxwell
Set Construction Theatre Production Services (TPS)
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Wardrobe Supervisor Sinéad Lawlor
Dresser Eimear Farrell
Graphic Design Atelier David Smith
Photography Peter Rowen
Photography Patrick Redmond
Hair & Make-Up Anne Dunne

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was drawn from the company play programme and press cuttings.