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  • Playwright

    Flann O'Brien 

  • Setting

    A pub in or near Dublin.

  • Notes

    Commissioned by Hilton Edwards for the Gate's Christmas production, "Jack-in-the-Box".

  • Synopsis

    When a sergeant finds him serving after-hours, publican Ignatius Cornelius Coolahan regales his accuser with a protracted story of military service in the desert in the hope of tapping into his sense of thirst.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
The Sergeant Liam Gaffney
Jim William Fassbender
Mr. C Robert Hennessy (1)
Peter Sean Colleary
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Set Designer Molly MacEwen
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Costume Designer Patrick Perrott

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    A. M. Heath & Co. Ltd.

  • Address

    6 Warwick Court,
    London, WC1R 5DJ

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7242 2811

  • Website

Source Of Information

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