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  • Playwright

    Jack Harte 

  • Setting

    All the action of the play takes place in a pre-fab classroom of a school in West Dublin, the classroom of a teacher called Donie. The time alternates between 1990s and the 1970s.

  • Synopsis

    Alan thinks he has stumbled into a nightmare, and so he has, but is it his own nightmare or the country's? Out of this nightmare there is no exit but through the gateway of truth where crimes are named and punished, where the consequences of those crimes can be purged, where shattered lives can be re-assembled through the agency of love. Cosy national myopias, from the acceptance of the state's foundation myth to the tolerance of so-called 'Republican' crime, are dissected and put on trial, and the rationale behind them is exposed to judgement.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    24 August 2015

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Parthalonians Theatre Productions.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    The New Theatre

Original Cast  
Donie Michael O'Sullivan
Dandy Marc McCabe
Kathy Aoife Moore
Alan Matthew O'Brien
Production Team  
Director Liam Halligan
Lighting and Set Designer Eoin Lennon
Producer Ann Russell
Producer Jack Gilligan
Costume Designer Liz Tierney
Sound Designer Dene BOLA
Assistant Director Barry McSkeane
Stage Manager Cein Sookram
Surtitles Padraig Burke

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Jack Harte

  • Email


Source Of Information

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