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The Windstealers


  • Playwright

    Jane Madden 

  • Notes

    Play development has been supported by Fishamble: The New Play Company's New Play Clinic Scheme.

  • Synopsis

    Welcome to Ballygweeha, the windiest town in Ireland! The people haven't heard each other properly in years over the roar of the gales, no-one's ever been able to get a fire lit, and everywhere you look, shit's just blown over. The locals have spent their whole lives walking against the wind, resulting in the famed, half bent-over, sidewards shuffle known as the 'Gweeha sidle.' Whenever you lose something, you learn not to look around but look up and those have been here long enough know that by the time you look up, it's already gone. When prodigal son Luc Torney returns after ten years to save the town from ruin with a windfarm scheme, he is hailed as a hero. But town layabout Jacinta Nangle is brewing up a storm. A cast of gurriers, property developers and mammies collide in this modern Irish satire on corruption and national character.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling occurs.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    08 September 2015

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Eccles Theatre Group as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Smock Alley Theatre

  • Venue Notes

    Performed in the Black Box space.

Original Cast  
Performer Lloyd Cooney
Performer Roseanna Purcell
Performer Alan Mahon
Performer Colin Campbell
Performer Rory Corcoran
Performer Katie Honan
Performer Christiane O'Mahony
Production Team  
Director Anushka Senanayake
Set Designer Ger Clancy
Producer Joanna Crawley
Lighting Designer Hanna Bowe
Costume Designer Mary Sheehan
Costume Assistant Sarah Foley
Sound Designer Dylan Tonge Jones
Movement Director Monika Bieniek
Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Assistant Stage Manager Lisa Kearns
Lighting Operator Sheila Murphy
Stage Crew Liadan Ni Chearbhaill
Stage Crew Felipe Jóia
Poster Designer Ola Cieslak
Photography Jim Byrne (2)
Chief LX Richie O'Neill
Hair & Make-Up Niamh Doherty

Published Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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