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The Roaring Banshees


  • Playwright

    Peter McGann  John Morton 

  • Setting

    Dublin, Ireland and Chicago, USA from November 1923 to September 1926.

  • Synopsis

    After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBán unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob. But it’s not long before a gang war breaks out with them caught in the middle, and the lethal skills they honed back home hunting Black and Tans are taken to the bullet-strewn streets of the Windy City.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
'Red' Alice Bannion Nessa Matthews(2)
Kitty 'The Knife' McGillicutty Ali Fox
Molly Malone Amy Dunne
Bernadette McGurk Clodagh Mooney Duggan
Flossie 'The Farmer' Farrell Aoife Spratt
Concepta Bloom Laura Brady (2)
Síona Ní gCopaleen Áine Ní Laoghaire
Production Team  
Director Sarah Baxter
Photography & Videography Sean Clancy
Assistant Director Jill McKeagney
Graphic Design Ken McGuire
Sound Ken McGuire
Lighting Designer John Gunning
Stage Manager Sinead Heavin
Sound Designer Sinead Heavin
Costume Designer Áine O'Hara
Set Designer Áine O'Hara
Producer Clara Purcell
Dramaturg Ken Bourke

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Devious Theatre Company

  • Address

    2, The Maltings
    Tilbury Place
    Co. Kilkenny
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)86 406 3593

  • Email

  • Website

Source Of Information

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