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Uncle Silas

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

  • Synopsis

    Maud Ruthyn is an only child, brought up on a vast estate by her self-righteous father, Austin. She becomes obsessed with her Uncle Silas, whose elegant and haunting image she discovers in family portraits. When she hears rumours of his decadent living and disgrace she begins a crusade to reclaim him to the family.

  • Play Type

    Adaptation/Translation

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    7

  • Cast Size Female

    8

  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Silas Ruthyn Tim McDonnell
Ivan the Illusionist Tim McDonnell
Austin Ruthyn Tim McDonnell
Mr. Henry Wise John Dunne (1)
Maude Ruthyn Ger Ryan
Esmeralda Ger Ryan
Madame De La Rougiere Ena May
Bella L'Estrange Ena May
Lady Monica Knollys Ena May
Cousin Millie Ruth McCabe
Krao Ruth McCabe
Mrs. Rusk Ruth McCabe
Dudley Robert Byrne
Dr. Brierly Robert Byrne
Mr. Alphonsus O'Sullivan Robert Byrne
Production Team  
Director Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy
Designer Robert Armstrong
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Producer David McKenna
Costumes Kathy Kavanagh
Music by John Dunne (1)
Stage Manager Brian Treacy
Assistant Stage Manager Laura Caffrey
Production Assistant Paul Hickey
Scenic Artist Gabby Dowling
Graphic Design Robert Armstrong
Photography Rod Tuach

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS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 and press release.