Playography is currently undergoing an essential rebuild, technical update and maintenance. All updates are on hold until the rebuild is complete. We are continuing to work hard in the background and are still accepting submissions which will be complete in Autumn 2023. For more information visit ITI's website.


Printer Friendly

The Poker Session


  • Playwright

    Hugh Leonard 

  • Synopsis

    At a family poker session the players are confronted with their contribution to the illness of released mental patient who has just killed his former rival. The Poker Session is a sort of welcome home party for Billy Beavis, who has spent the past twelve months in an asylum. It emerges that he was admitted to the asylum after losing his mind after a similar party. The other partygoers sidle around the roots of Billy's madness, in dialogue filled with macarbre humour, until all is revealed in the final act.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Fran Maureen Toal
Kevin Joe Lynch
Mrs. Beavis Peggy Marshall
Billy Beavis Norman Rodway
Irene Pauline Delany
Teddy Marius Goring
Production Team  
Director Jim Fitzgerald
Set Designer William McCrow
Manager Christine Longford
Assistant Manager Ann O'Connor
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Stage Manager Maire Kelly
Set Painter Brian Collins
Assistant Carpenter Louis Molloy
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
PR Terry Cronin
Carpenter Michael Lambert
Company Artistic Director Phyllis Ryan


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email

  • Website


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