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Volpone

or The Three Chord Trick

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Johnny Hanrahan 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Ben Johnson 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from Ben Jonson's satirical comedy Volpone.

  • Setting

    Set in the Irish midlands in the 1980s.

  • Synopsis

    Volpone or The Three Chord Trick is a country and western musical about political skullduggery in the midlands. Val Fox is a sitting TD and ex-showband star. Val's handler Bosco Ellis claims that cancer has struck Val and that he's not long for this world. This sets in train a cycle of betrayal and deceit that has all Val's political rivals treble-crossing each other and themselves.

  • Play Type

    Adaptation/Translation

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    8

  • Cast Size Female

    2

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Val Fox Denis Conway
Polly Mayhew Niamh Linehan
Bosco Kieran Ahern
That Shite Deegan Jack Healy
Bill Dominic Moore
Tom John Twomey
Celia Shirley McCarthy
Doran Paul Dennehy
Talty Declan Lucey
Corbet Aidan Barry
Production Team  
Director Johnny Hanrahan
Director Jack Healy
Designer Johnny Hanrahan
Lighting Designer Cormac Sheridan
Musician John Browne
Musician Niall Marron
Musician Des O'Brien
Musician Herring

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RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Johnny Hanrahan

  • Address

    c/o Revere
    South Douglas
    Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email

    johnny.hanrahan@gmail.com

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was supplied by a member of Meridian Theatre Company. Additional information was taken from the 1990 Dublin Theatre Festival Programme.