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The Little Match Girl


  • Playwright

    Katie McCann 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Author Notes

    A re-imagining of the classic tale.
  • Setting

    Dublin city on Christmas Eve.

  • Notes

    The Little Match Girl formed part of Theatre Upstairs' cycle of new plays based on classic Christmas tales set in modern Dublin, The Yule Tide Tales.

  • Synopsis

    A headstrong but lonely girl is sent out by her father to make one last drug sale before the clock ticks down to Christmas day and the city grinds to a halt. But as the shoppers depart and the snow covers the streets, the seedy side of the city creeps into life and things may not be as simple as she hoped.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Performer Katie McCann
Production Team  
Director Karl Shiels
Production Designer Laura Honan
Production Designer Sinead Kelly
Poster Designer Ste Murray
Photography Ste Murray

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Katie McCann

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)87 752 7706

  • Email


Source Of Information

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