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Auld Decency


  • Playwright

    Risteárd Ó Broin 

  • Author Notes

    Written by Richard J. Byrne

  • Setting

    The cellar of the derelict Kilbrecan Hall, County Galway.

  • Notes

    A substantially reworked version of this play entitled 'Dance of the Dinosaurs' was produced by Punchbag Theatre Company as part of the 1995 Galway Arts Festival. The play was directed by Jim Christy.

  • Synopsis

    An ageing brother and sister Bertie and Helena Mc Dermott ffrench spend their days living in the cellar of their once great house Kilbrecan Hall, drinking themselves to death and remember how things were when they once had money. Donnelly the postman arrives with a letter offering lots of money for what's left of their property. Great excitement ensues and drink continues to flow as the siblings plan a rosy future. Before long, however, a bailiff appears with a court order telling them that they have to pay out almost all of the promised money in accumulated bills and rates. Bertie and Helena decide to make the most of their remaining few quid by going to the south of France and blowing it on decent drink and a lost fling.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Bertie Niall O'Brien(1)
Helena Joan O'Hara
O'Halloran John Olohan
Donnelly Dónall Farmer
Production Team  
Director Ben Barnes
Lighting Leslie Scott
Sound Nuala Golden
Production Manager John Costigan
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Stage Director Eddie Lynch
Assistant Stage Manager Joy Forsythe
Set Construction Peter Rose
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton
Designer Wendy Shea
Props Stephen Molloy


  • Contact

    Risteárd Ó Broin/ Dick Byrne

  • Address

    Co. Galway
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Risteárd Ó Broin/ Dick Byrne

  • Address

    Co. Galway
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original Abbey production programme and from information supplied by the author himself.