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The Unlucky Cabin Boy


  • Playwright

    Mike Finn 

  • Synopsis

    In 1835 a ship sailed out of Limerick Docks with a cargo of emigrants bound for the New World. It never came back... The Unlucky Cabin Boy tells the true story of the wreck of the Francis Spaight and the terrible acts of desperation that took place on board.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is required.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Sullivan Susannah de Wrixon
Molly Ann Blake (2)
Sailor Ann Blake (2)
Biddy Barnacle Ann Blake (2)
Town Crier David Blake
Sailor David Blake
James Duffy David Blake
Ensemble James Blake
Sailor James Blake
Mulvihill James Blake
Jeremiah Lynch Jamie O'Neill
Choir Jamie O'Neill
Mrs O'Brien Susannah de Wrixon
Barker Susannah de Wrixon
Captain Gorman Enda Kilroy
Earl of Mulgrave Enda Kilroy
Cook Damien Devaney
Sailor Damien Devaney
Francis Spaight Damien Devaney
Patrick O'Brien Kevin Shackleton
Sailor Jamie O'Neill
Ensemble Peter Joyce
Production Team  
Director Paul Meade
Producer Donal Shiels
Costume Designer Barbara McCarthy
Creative & Costume Assistant Sarabell Wrigley
Sound Designer John Galvin
Set & Lighting Designer Colm McNally
Movement Director Angie Smalis
Fight Director Donal O'Farrell
Music & Lyrics by David Blake
Musical Director Cathal Synott
Production Manager Mike Burke
Stage Manager Amy Burke
Technician Robert Barrett
Production Assistant Kerry Power
Sound Engineer Murt Whelan
Choral Mistress Orla Colgan
Music performed by The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
Choir Laurel Hill School Choir

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mike Finn

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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