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Lex Talionis

(A Tale of Vengeance & Feathers)


  • Playwright

    Liam Heylin 

  • Notes

    The set and costumes were designed by the company.

  • Synopsis

    Huge is an older rook with chicks on the way. Mooney’s a younger rook whose new friend Max is not what they seem. Dónie’s a magpie, he’s bad news. After a vicious murder, one of them is out for blood. There will be vengeance. That’s what the weird Latin title means – the law of retaliation, an eye for an eye.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production featured an all-female cast.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 June 2018

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Wandering Star as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. The play previewed at Feile na Bealtaine, Dingle in May 2018 before premiering at the Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2018.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Cork Arts Theatre

Original Cast  
Hugh Aisling McCarthy
Mooney Sinéad Donnelly(2)
Max Sinéad McGee
Dóine Bláithín MacGabhann
Production Team  
Director Katrina Foley
Lighting Designer Jamie Feehily
Production Stage Manager Aoife Clarke
Production Assistant Anna Rose Hennessy
Skyline Design Seán O'Brien
Skyline Construction John Clarke
Photography Aoife Cahill
Programme Design Aoife O'Boyle

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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