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The Liar


  • Playwright

    Micheál Mac Liammóir 

  • Author Notes

    Translated by the author from the Irish.

  • Setting

    Set on a Mailboat and in a Cafe in Ireland

  • Synopsis

    Set in the fictional state of Cardomam - a fence sitting state between East and West - and performed to the rules of the Classical Theatre of Cardomam, where no scenery is used,and the actors introduce and explain themselves. This satirical comedy has as its central character, a breezy old cynic of a Prime Minister who finds politics fun and has ambitions for his son. No men survive the authors wrath, admin-men, admen, Tellymen, Pollymen, soldiermen, no men... At the end the only man left lectures to a bunch of post-fallout children.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Young Man Bob Carlile
Nonie Máire Ní Ghráinne
Martin Patrick Bedford
A German Lady Mary Cannon
Middle-Aged Woman Mary O'Hanlon
A Mother Eileen Crowe
Young Woman Biddy White-Lennon
Older Woman Joan Stynes
Middle-Aged Man Seamus Healy
Older Man John MacDarby
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Robert Heade
Lighting Hilton Edwards
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Stage Manager Yvette Hally
Assistant Stage Manager Laurence Foster
Assistant Stage Manager Marie Kelly(3)
Sound Operator Marie Kelly(3)
Wardrobe Mistress Vera Patterson



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Travers

  • Address

    Inch, Annascaul
    Tralee, Co Kerry
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)66 915 8223 | +353 (0)87 947 5256


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