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Dradin, In Love


  • Playwright

    Bob Kelly 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Jeff Vandermeer

  • Setting

    Ambergris, a fictional city

  • Synopsis

    Dradin is a young missionary who has returned to the fictional city of Ambergris after a long and disastrous sojourn in the jungles. He finds himself alone, penniless and in the depths of despair, when he falls in love with the silhouette of an unknown woman in a window. Aided by a devious and untrustworthy thief named Dvorak, he attempts to woo the strange woman but it is the night of the Festival of the Freshwater Squid, when the city traditionally erupts in a paroxysm of violence, murder and mayhem and Dradin's search for love leads him into a fight for his life.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Female roles doubled

Original Production

Original Cast  
Lake Eadaoin O'Donoghue
Dradin Gerard Adlum
Cadimon Signal Ronan Dempsey
Candace Harpswallow Hilary Bowen Walsh
Assistant Librarian Hilary Bowen Walsh
Dvorak Cedric Merillon
Production Team  
Director Bob Kelly
Visual Design Cian Flynn
Lighting Designer Rob Moloney
Sound Designer Chris Schmidt-Martin
Sound Designer Bob Kelly
Stage Manager Rachel Stout

Unpublished Scripts

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