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The Weavers

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Declan Gorman 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Gerhart Hauptmann 

  • Author Notes

    Translated and adapted from Gerhart Hauptmann's (1862-1946) The Weavers.

  • Setting

    The play is set in the 1840's in a region of Northern Europe where cotton and linen weaving are the principal forms of livelihood

  • Synopsis

    A modern-style version of Hauptmann's 19th-century epic of a local craftsmen's revolution. The revolution occurred among the impoverished communities of the Eulengebirge mountain region of Silesia in 1844, and the play charts the despair and deprivation that led to the outbreak of violence. The adaptation suggests parallels between the traditions of the North East of Ireland and the remote Polish-German region in which the original play was set.

  • Play Type

    Adaptation/Translation

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    20

  • Cast Size Female

    17

  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Ryeman Darren Thornton
Gusty Darren Thornton
A travelling salesman Darren Thornton
Ducky Darren Thornton
Kutschy Darren Thornton
John (a coachman) Darren Thornton
Godfrey Darren Thornton
Hyland Steve Blount
Wigan Steve Blount
Reverend Kettle Steve Blount
Stanley Hilliard Steve Blount
Driver Gerry McCann
Whiddy Gerry McCann
Robert Barlow Stephen McArdle
The Chief of Police Stephen McArdle
Miss Newman Stella Madden
Martha Barlow Stella Madden
Mrs Welsen Stella Madden
Rosa Driver Stella Madden
Martina Henry Fiona Lalor
Agnes Henry Fiona Lalor
Miss Winter Fiona Lalor
Louisa Fiona Lalor
Mrs Klein Yvonne Morgan
Emma Yvonne Morgan
Mrs Kettle Yvonne Morgan
Mrs Hilliard Yvonne Morgan
Molly Julie Aspell
Tyler Julie Aspell
Bertha Julie Aspell
Anya Julie Aspell
Emily Hinch Julie Aspell
Edward (Rex) Becker Conor Byrne (1)
Maurice Yaeger John Ruddy
Pfeifer David Gorry
William Anderson David Gorry
Boney David Gorry
Production Team  
Director Declan Gorman
Designer Fiona Leech
Lighting Designer Grainne O'Driscoll
Costume Designer Maureen Finn
Choreographer Jill Burns
Composer Colin Blakey
Musician Kieran Gallagher
Musician Caoimhe McCarthy
Company Manager Mary Scally
Production Manager Grainne O'Driscoll
Stage Manager Helena Devlin
Assistant Stage Manager Seani Sullivan
Set Construction John McGovern
Set Construction Shane Campbell
Set Construction Ronan Tracey
Scenic Artist Martina Gallagher
Graphic Design John Moloney
Photography Des Clinton
Make-Up Maureen Finn

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    Upstate Theatre Project

  • Address

    Barlow House, West Street
    Drogheda
    Co. Louth
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)41 984 4227

  • Email

    admin@upstate.ie

  • Website

    www.upstate.ie

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Upstate Theatre Project

  • Address

    Barlow House, West Street
    Drogheda
    Co. Louth
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)41 984 4227

  • Email

    admin@upstate.ie

  • Website

    www.upstate.ie

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

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