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Ceacht Houdini


  • Playwright

    Michael Harding 

  • Setting

    An lá atá inniu ann (1994) agus lár na tíre (1922).

  • Synopsis

    The play sketches two stories, the first of a young woman wedded by IRA men who falls in love with a young and beautiful farm labourer. He knows too much and meets a brutal fate. The second story takes us back to 1922 with Michael Collins on the loose in the country and prone to fall in love with a young man who is the slave and lover of a Houdini-like illusionist in the middle of nowhere. It is a portrayal of a type of male heroism which is homoerotic but also self-destructive.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Is féidir dúbláil a dhéanamh.


Original Cast  
Brian Barry Barnes
Michael Collins Barry Barnes
Peig Karen Ardiff
Princess Gavin O'Connor
Tomás Mac Samhlaigh Gavin O'Connor
Daidí Brendan Costelloe
Houdini Brendan Costelloe
Production Team  
Director Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Lighting Designer Paul Denby
Music Composed by Trevor Knight
Music Arranged by Trevor Knight
Assistant Director Sighle Toibin
Administration Assistant Máire Nic Eochaidh
Production Manager Tony Collins
Stage Manager Marcus Mac Conghail
Wardrobe Kathy Kavanagh
Stage Assistant Hillary Pym
Poster Designer Brian Fay
Photography Patrick Redmond
Photography Tom Lawlor
Designer Carol Betera
Language Consultant Ré Ó Laighléis


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