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The Trial of Esther Waters

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    George Moore 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the original novel by George Moore.

  • Setting

    Victorian London.

  • Synopsis

    By virtue of her origin as a Victorian slum child, Esther Waters is condemned to a life of physical and economic slavery. She is a loser, an outsider and all the social and religious forces of her time conspire to keep her in that position, but she claims her rights as a woman and as a worker.

  • Play Type

    Adaptation/Translation

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    5

  • Cast Size Female

    8

  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. In the original production members of the cast also played a variety of smaller parts.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Sarah Tucker Melody McNamara
Mrs Rivers Melody McNamara
Mrs Deane Melody McNamara
William Latch Martin Murphy
Esther Waters Kate Thompson
Mrs Barfield Jayne Snow
Mrs Spires Jayne Snow
Miss Rice Jayne Snow
Mrs Clifford Jayne Snow
Mr. Leopold Gerry O'Brien (1)
Fred Parsons Gerry McGrath
The Demon Gerry McGrath
Master Michael Gerry McGrath
Production Team  
Director Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy
Designer Robert Armstrong
Lighting Designer Gerard Meagher
Producer Gerry Barnes
Costumes Kathy Kavanagh
Sound Paddy Gilsenan
Assistant Director Kate Hogan
Stage Director Jane Perrott
Stage Director Patrick Talbot
Set Construction Alan Norman
Set Construction Paddy Toibin
Set Construction Dave McKeowan
Graphic Design The Graphiconies/ Public Communications Centre
Photography Rod Tuach
Administrator Audrey Sherlock

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy

  • Address

    Carrigahorig
    Nenagh
    Co. Tipperary
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    maryelizbk@gmail.com

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy

  • Address

    Carrigahorig
    Nenagh
    Co. Tipperary
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    maryelizbk@gmail.com

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

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