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The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst


  • Playwright

    Malcolm Hamilton 

  • Synopsis

    Donald Crowhurst, 36 years old, married to Clare, father of four, inventor, businessman and amateur sailor takes part in the first ever single-handed non-stop sailboat race in 1968. Eight months after his departure, with only two weeks separating him from a hero's homecoming, Crowhurst's boat was found adrift in a mid-atlantic calm, intact but without her skipper.

    Log books found on board attested to two voyages undertaken. One of these was a fictitious circumnavigation of the globe. The second was the true account of an eight-month ordeal where he had kept himself hidden off the coast of Argentina having never left the Atlantic ocean.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Cast  
Donald Crowhurst Fiona McGeown
Clare Crowhurst Fiona McGeown
Donald Crowhurst Ciaran McCauley
Donald Crowhurst John Carty
Donald Crowhurst Sandra O'Malley
Clare Crowhurst Sandra O'Malley
Donald Crowhurst Barbara Ryan
Clare Crowhurst Barbara Ryan
Production Team  
Director Niall Henry
Designer Michael Cummins
Set Designer Feargal Doyle
Lighting Designer Barry McKinney
Costumes The Irish History Company
Sound Designer Joe Hunt
Assistant Director Brendan Ellis
Production Manager Sinead Kirby
Stage Manager Joanne Mitchell
Lighting Operator Garrick Welch
Set Construction Gus Henry



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Blue Raincoat Theatre Company

  • Address

    The Factory Performance Space
    Lower Quay Street, Sligo
    Co. Sligo
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)71 917 0431

  • Email

  • Website


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