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The Wake


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Synopsis

    Vera O'Toole is alone, adrift and living dangerously in New York where she survives as a call-girl. But she has a sustaining thought, a dream. She is not alone, she feels, because she has a family in Ireland. Indeed, some day she may even become worthy of that family. Now, as the story begins, she returns home to Ireland to pay her respects to her dead and beloved grandmother and to discover her dream, her sustaining thought, turning into a nightmare.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Fr Billy Sean Rocks
Mary Jane Olwen Fouéré
Henry Stanley Townsend
Vera Jane Brennan
Marcia Anna Healy
Tom Phelim Drew
Catriona Jennifer O'Dea
Mrs Conneeley Pat Leavy
Norman Simon Jewell
Finbar David Herlihy
Norman Brian Martin
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Set Designer Francis O'Connor
Lighting Ben Ormerod
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Music by Conor Linehan
Staff Director Jason Byrne
Stage Director Collette Morris
Assistant Stage Manager Catherine Nealon
Assistant Stage Manager Catriona Behan
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Programme Design Total Print and Design
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


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