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Alice in Funderland


  • Playwright

    Raymond Scannell  Phillip McMahon 

  • Author Notes

    A new musical loosely inspired by the classic story by Lewis Carroll.

  • Setting

    Contemporary Dublin (2012)

  • Notes

    'Alice in Funderland' was the first musical to be produced by the Abbey since 'Mary Makebelieve' in 1983.

  • Synopsis

    Unlucky in love, Corkonian Alice is all set for her sister's wedding (always the bridesmaid and never the bride), when a chance encounter with delivery boy Warren sends her spiraling through the Dublin streets.

    In an epic chase for love on the strangest night of her life, Alice tumbles through the dark, bombarded by grinning politicians, pyjamaclad bowsies, egg heads on the edge, the self-help mafia, media gargoyles,twisted scissor sisters, and of course, Delores - The Queen of Hartstown.

    Things sure ain't what they used to be. The looking glass is well and truly cracked. But is true love possible on the other side… or is this town just full of clowns?

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling required, with further unspecified minor parts performed by the ensemble


Original Cast  
Ted Mark O'Regan
Laurence Mark O'Regan
The Minister Mark O'Regan
Fleachna Mark O'Regan
Pramface 1 Emmet Kirwan
Painter 2 Emmet Kirwan
The Plank Emmet Kirwan
Delores, The Queen of Hartstown Tony Flynn
Susan Susannah de Wrixon
Patrice Susannah de Wrixon
Eileen Susannah de Wrixon
Síofra Susannah de Wrixon
Sister 1 Susannah de Wrixon
The Duchess Ruth McGill
Sister 2 Ruth McGill
The Gay Paul Reid
A Hooker Aileen Mythen
Funderbird 1 Aileen Mythen
Accordion Player Aileen Mythen
Alice Sarah Greene
Gobnait Kathy Rose O'Brien
Brigitte Kathy Rose O'Brien
A Hooker Kathy Rose O'Brien
The Troubador Robert Bannon
Painter 3 Robert Bannon
The Warden Robert Bannon
Funderbird 3 Aoibhinn McGinnity
A Hooker (Agnes) Aoibhinn McGinnity
Warren Ian Lloyd Anderson
Taxi Driver Ian Lloyd Anderson
Support Group Leader Ian Lloyd Anderson
Soloist Philip Connaughton
Dance Captain Philip Connaughton
Chloe Lisa Byrne
Funderbird 2 Lisa Byrne
Pramface 2 Keith Hanna
Painter 1 Keith Hanna
The Itch Keith Hanna
Production Team  
Director Wayne Jordan
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
Producer Jennifer Jennings
Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
Voice Director Andrea Ainsworth
Choreographer Liz Roche
Book and Lyrics Phillip McMahon
Music Composed by Raymond Scannell
Musical Supervisor/ Notations David Hayes(2)
Musical Director Ivan McKenna
Musician Eimear O'Grady
Musician Ivan McKenna
Musician Caitriona Frost
Musician Carolyn Goodwin
Musician John McLoughlin
Radio Mic Technician Doreen Meehan
Assistant Director Oonagh Murphy
Deputy Stage Manager Anne Kyle
Assistant Stage Manager Róisín Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Deirdre McClean
Company Stage Manager Tara Furlong
Set & Costume Designer Naomi Wilkinson
Set Construction Set Up
Graphic Design Zero- G
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Photography Richard Gilligan
Sign Language Interpreter Amanda Coogan
Casting Director Kelly Phelan
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Video Designer Jack Phelan
Captioning Ruth McCreery
Captioning Paula McRedmond
Audio Description Bríd Ní Ghruagáin
Audio Description Emer Cassidy




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