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God Bless the Child


  • Playwright

    Patrick Talbot 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Frank O'Connor

  • Setting

    Time: the early decades of the 20th Century. Place: A classroom somewhere in Cork.

  • Synopsis

    God Bless the Child is adapted from the Frank O'Connor stories: My Oedipus Complex, The Genius and First Confession. Meet young Michael, who goes into mortal combat with his father when he returns from the First World War, Larry, a genius who can't understand why the world can't keep up with him, and Jackie, who has the grim task of not only making his first confession and communion, but must also deal with his very obstreperous grandmother.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    16 July 2014

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Patrick Talbot Productions.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    The Everyman

Original Cast  
Larry Gary Murphy (2)
Michael Shane Casey
Jackie CiarĂ¡n Bermingham
Production Team  
Director Patrick Talbot
Set Designer Jim Queally
Lighting Designer Paul Denby
Costume Designer Mary Newman
Sound Designer Cormac O'Connor (1)
Production Technician Anthony Hanley
Finance Manager Cait Linehan
Production Stage Manager Aoife Clarke
Set Construction Joe Stockdale
Graphic Design Burns Design Cork
Photography Mike McSweeney

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Rights for original material

  • Contact

    Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)

  • Address

    55 New Oxford Street
    London WC1A 1BS

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email


  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Patrick Talbot

  • Email


Source Of Information

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