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The Only True History of Lizzie Finn


  • Playwright

    Sebastian Barry 

  • Setting

    Weston-super-mare, Somerset and Inch, County Kerry in the 1890s.

  • Synopsis

    Lizzie, performing in Weston-super-Mare, is wooed in unorthodox, even distracted fashion by a fellow Kerryman returned from the Boer War and haunted by his experiences in Africa. Won over by his 'wildness', it is only on her arrival in Ireland that she realises he is of the landlord class, one of those whose rent demands led to her own family's rootlessness. The Only True History of Lizzie Finn examines the social and religious prejudices in Ireland of the 1890s in a powerful human history. Like the colourful heroes of the Old West, Barry's young lovers write their private histories of adventure, romance and new beginnings.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. Two musicians were also featured in the original production.


Original Cast  
Musician Greg Boland
Robert Gibson Lorcan Cranitch
Lizzie Finn Alison Deegan
Musician Anthony Drennan
Britannia Lynda Gough
Annie Oakley Lynda Gough
Colonel Cody Roy Hanlon
Lord Castlemaine Roy Hanlon
Zulu Warrior James Hosty
Indian James Hosty
Bartholomew Grady Eamon Kelly
Cavalry Man Darren Lawless
Pierrot Darren Lawless
Ballerina Shereen Lawlor
Miss America Shereen Lawlor
Indian Glen Mulhern
Ventriloquist Glen Mulhern
Theresa Fionnuala Murphy
Tilly Fionnuala Murphy
Jelly Lane Marion O'Dwyer
Lady Castlemaine Marion O'Dwyer
Lucinda Gibson Joan O'Hara
Pearley Queen Liz Roche
Squaw Liz Roche
Pearley King Pepe Roche
Sitting Bull Pepe Roche
Birdy Doyle Birdy Sweeney
Factotum Birdy Sweeney
Rector Birdy Sweeney
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Set Designer Joe Vanek
Lighting Designer Mick Hughes
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Choreographer David Bolger
Music by Shaun Davey
Staff Director Bríd Ó Gallchóir
Stage Director John Stapleton
Assistant Stage Manager Catriona Behan
Assistant Stage Manager Carrie Rooney
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein
Programme Irish Theatre Publications


  • Title

    Sebastian Barry Plays 1

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website

  • ISBN


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  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

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