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The Auld Fella


  • Playwright

    Michael Glenn Murphy 

  • Synopsis

    My father is a pro at the height of his powers. And I am about to break his heart. This is the Theatre Royal in Dublin in 1961. The year before the theatre closed. The theatre that kept Dubliners sane. Bob Hope called it "the magnificent garage". Judy Garland sang from her dressing room window to the people in Poolbeg Street. Danny Kaye made people miss their last buses so taxi drivers wrote to him and begged him to come back. But I am becoming a man and my father's powers will fail, and the Vaudeville will become a realm of ghosts. Broken hearts are one thing. But can you heal broken men?

  • Play Type

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  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Performer Michael Glenn Murphy
Performer Craig Connolly
Production Team  
Director Karl Quinn
Lighting Designer Colm Maher
Costume Designer Laura De Burca
Sound Designer Vincent Doherty
Stage Manager Marella Boschi
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Photography Clíona Ní Laoi

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

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