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Hand Me Down the Moon


  • Playwright

    Bairbre Ní Chaoimh 

  • Author Notes

    Created in collaboration with visual artist Aideen Barry.

  • Synopsis

    In a timeless old house on Eustace Street a ten-year old space obsessed girl wants you to share in her quest to defy gravity and journey to the stars. Voyage with her into the past through rooms filled with photographs and treasured objects, dramatic fragments and stories, music, animation and film. Discover a lost era, a time when we dared to dream big dreams about leaving our own tiny blue planet and venturing into the distant cosmos. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    15 September 2011

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Women In Space: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Aideen Barry.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Site-specific performance at 25 Eustace Street.

Original Cast  
Bella (adult) Fiona Condon
Valentina Tereshkova Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Sr. Mary Gillen Bríd McCarthy
Bella (child) Nora Fay
Female Singer Marie-Claire Hoysted
Singer Ben Waddell
Radio Officer 2 Ben Waddell
Musician Sam Burton (2)
Radio Officer 1 Sam Burton (2)
Pianist/Composer Patrick J Mc Glynn
Anne (Danny's girlfriend) Hazel Scully
Danny (Bella's brother) Sam Ford
Father Paul Meade
Mother Una Kavanagh
Bella (adult) Sorcha Kenny
Production Team  
Director Louise Lowe
Set & Costume Designer Miriam Duffy
Animation Aideen Barry
AV Designer Darach Ó Ruairc
Composer Patrick J Mc Glynn
Production Manager Martin Cahill
Company Manager Marie-Claire Hoysted
Stage Manager Fiona Keller

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Bairbre Ní Chaoimh

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone


  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original promotional material.