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Joe Prop


  • Playwright

    Gemma Doorly 

  • Notes

    Developed from a short script originally presented as part of the Under my Bed initiative in aid of Barnardos.

  • Synopsis

    'Joe Prop' is the story of a 12 year old boy, Joe Kavanagh, from Gorey Co. Wexford who has a big dream. A dream big enough to overcome any obstacle. A childhood illness and subsequent medication has left him overweight and a target for school bullies who among other things have started a facebook page called 'Fat Joe Kavanagh' 200 likes. Joe finds solace on the school rugby team as a prop in the scrum. As his coach, Mr Murray, says 'Some jobs are meant for big guys.' The play is set in Joe's bedroom. A place far away from bullies and illness where he gets to be the greatest Tight Head Prop in world rugby and captain of a winning Irish Rugby World Cup team.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    27 October 2014

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Macdoor Productions.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Smock Alley Theatre

Original Cast  
Joe Prop Maclean Burke
Production Team  
Director Karl Shiels
Sound Designer Declan Dunne

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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