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Caught Red Handed

or How to Prune a Whin Bush


  • Playwright

    Tim Loane 

  • Synopsis

    It's the year 2005, a referendum has been called for a United Ireland and the charismatic Leader of the Alternative Unionist Party has staked his life on stopping it. He is about to bring history to a halt with an address to his fiery, faithful followers on the steps of Stormont when he finds himself unexpectedly decommissioned. This farcical comedy investigates the impact of such tremendous political developments on the man, the party, the country and the Leader's winsome wife and simpering son.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Other smaller parts are played by members of the cast


  • Date of First Production

    09 February 2002

  • Producer

    Produced by Tinderbox Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed as a site-specific piece at the Northern Bank Building, Belfast.

Original Cast  
The Leader Dan Gordon
Wylie Alan McKee
Reverend McIlroy Peter Ballance
The Reporter Amanda Hurwitz
Wayne Richard Clements
Watson Ian Beattie
Production Team  
Director Simon Magill
Set Designer David Craig
Producer Eamon Quinn
Lighting Designer John Riddell
Costume Designer Lisa Lavery
Assistant Producer Orla McGrady
Production Manager John Riddell
Stage Manager Angie White
Deputy Stage Manager Gemma Halligan
Assistant Stage Manager Eoin McCartan
Assistant Stage Manager Damian Cox
Set Construction The Workshop
Production Photography Phil Smith
Poster Photography John Baucher
Voice Coach Peter Ballance
Camera Operator Paul McConkey



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Independent Talent Group

  • Address

    40 Whitfield Street
    London W1T 2RH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7636 6565

  • Website


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