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  • Playwright

    Gary Mitchell 

  • Notes

    This play was written for 11-14 year olds and explores bullying in and beyond the playground.

  • Synopsis

    Addressing the issue in a Northern Ireland context, Sinking looks at bullying in all age groups, not just in the school playground, and challenges the audience to define what they mean when they say 'bully'. Sam picks on little kids at school while he is picked on himself at home where he believes nobody really cares about him. When he hides in the park he is targeted by older lads, who bully him into being their police lookout as they rob houses. Once the UDA discover this, they seek out Sam for information so that justice can be done in the community. The police do likewise, having words with Sam about his new 'friends'. All of them tell Sam their interest in him is for his own good. So why is he sitting scared, alone, in the shadows?

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast-doubling is possible. See original production for details.


  • Date of First Production

    25 September 1997

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at the Belfast Royal Academy, as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
Teacher Sheelagh O'Kane
Bobby Sheelagh O'Kane
Sam's Stepmum Sheelagh O'Kane
UDA 1's wife Sheelagh O'Kane
Paul Ruairi Conaghan
Poker Ruairi Conaghan
Policeman 2 Ruairi Conaghan
UDA 2 Ruairi Conaghan
Jim Noel McGee
Sam's Dad Noel McGee
Fredo Noel McGee
Policeman 1 Noel McGee
UDA 1- Paul's Dad Noel McGee
Sam Miceal McBrian
Production Team  
Director Janice Jarvis
Designer David Craig
Lighting Designer John Riddell
Producer Jan Branch
Costume Assistant Heather Long
Fight Director Michael Poynor
Composer Jules Maxwell
Company Manager Maureen Macauley
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Assistant Stage Manager Angela McClune
Technician Angela McClune
Set Construction Jim Carson
Vocal Recording Louise Wallace
Administrator Ali FitzGibbon


  • Contact

    Gemma Hirst , Peters Fraser & Dunlop

  • Address

    Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street
    London WC2B 5HA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email

  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Gemma Hirst , Peters Fraser & Dunlop

  • Address

    Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street
    London WC2B 5HA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.