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The Gay Detective


  • Playwright

    Gerard Stembridge 

  • Setting

    Dublin, 1993.

  • Synopsis

    Set in Dublin, The Gay Detective is a thriller and a love story. When a Garda superintendent discovers that his talented sergeant, Pat, is homosexual he persuades him to make use of this fact in work. Pat tracks down a queer-basher, and also finds Ginger, his first real lover. The investigation turns to the murder of a gay TD. The moral path seems like an impenetrable maze. What seemed like a simple agreement with his Garda superior suddenly appears more like a Faustian pact.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. In the original production, members of the cast also played unspecified minor parts.


Original Cast  
Pat Peter Hanly
Snake Arthur Riordan
Badger Arthur Riordan
TD Arthur Riordan
Pig Martin Murphy
Bull Martin Murphy
Mouse Donal Beecher
Squirrel Donal Beecher
Ginger Eddie Tighe
Wolf Tom Hickey
Bear Tom Hickey
Lizard Shelley McGlynn
Puppy Shelley McGlynn
Production Team  
Director Gerard Stembridge
Designer Barbara Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Designer Barbara Bradshaw
Music written and performed by Donal Beecher
Assistant Director Deirdre Molloy
Stage Manager Annette Murphy
Assistant Stage Manager Tara Furlong
Lighting Operator Garrett Ryan
Sound Operator Tara Furlong
Set Construction David Marsh
Scenic Artist Irene O'Brien
Sound Engineer Catherine Considine
Sound Recording Westland Studio
Poster Designer Bite! Associates
Programme Design Val Mercier
Photography Amelia Stein





The information for this entry was taken from the published script and from press information held in the Project archive.