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The Mushroom Pickers


  • Playwright

    Jaki McCarrick 

  • Setting

    Set around 2002 in rural Co. Monaghan.

  • Synopsis

    Set in the border 'bandit' country of County Monaghan, The Mushroom Pickers tells the story of Laura, an accomplished actor who leaves her career in London when her life unexpectedly changes course. A self-confessed 'square peg in a round hole,' she returns home to join her father, Philip, to work in the local mushroom tunnels. Here Frank McElroy, manager of the family-run business and proponent of the wilder variety of mushroom, takes a shine to Laura and shares with her his dream of wooing the restaurateurs of Ireland and beyond. But Frank has a secret - and so does Laura. 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    02 May 2006

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Theatrepublik.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the Southwark Playhouse, London.

Original Cast  
Philip McDonald Michael Culkin
Laura McDonald Catherine Cusack
Nancy Toner Caroline John
Tom McElroy Sam Kenyon
Frank McElroy John Kirk
Owen O'Gorman David Rolston
Production Team  
Director Svetlana Dimcovic
Designer Polly Laurence
Lighting Designer Benjamin Polya
Sound Designer Simon Perkin
Sound Designer Gareth Burcher

Published Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published script.