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Whistling Psyche


  • Playwright

    Sebastian Barry 

  • Setting

    The waiting room of a Victorian railway station

  • Synopsis

    Two medical pioneers meet on a dark night in a waiting room. One is the reforming nurse Florence Nightingale, the other is James Miranda Barry, an Irish-born army surgeon now best remembered for allegedly having been a woman who lived as a man.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
James Miranda Barry Kathyrn Hunter
Florence Nightingale Claire Bloom
Production Team  
Director Robert Delamere
Lighting Tim Mitchell
Music Composed by Ross Lorraine
Designer Simon Higlett

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 published play script.