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