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The Holy Ground


  • Playwright

    Dermot Bolger 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in a living room in Drumcondra, in the late 1980's.

  • Synopsis

    Monica's unhappy, childless marriage ended when she poisoned her husband Myles, a man who grew increasingly cruel and distant over the years. She has just returned from his funeral and is sorting through his possessions. During her monologue she is exhausted, as much from the activities of this funeral day as she is by her revelation.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    09 November 1990

  • Production Notes

    The Holy Ground was originally produced alongside 'In High Germany' (listed separately) under the umbrella title of ''The Tramway End', an evening of two one act plays by Dermot Bolger'.

  • Producer

    Produced by Gate Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata

Original Cast  
Monica Pat Leavy
Production Team  
Director David Byrne
Designer Robert Ballagh
Lighting Designer Nick Beadle
Sound Conor Clarke
Design Assistant Ian McNicholl
Technical Manager Ken Hartnett
Stage Director Mairead McGrath
Assistant Stage Manager Triona Coen
Set Construction Galaxy Construction
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Wardrobe Mistress May Sullivan
Chief Electrician James McConnell
Photography Colm Henry
Company Director Michael Colgan (1)
Company Deputy Director Marie Rooney
Company Deputy Director Anne Clarke




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