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The Talk of the Town


  • Playwright

    Emma Donoghue 

  • Setting

    Ranelagh, Dublin 1927 and New York from 1949 to the 1960s.

  • Synopsis

    A dramatisation of Maeve Brennan's life as a writer, focusing on her successful rise as a columnist of the 'New Yorker'and her eventual decline.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    'The Girl' was played by two different children on alternate nights


Original Cast  
Father/Stranger Barry Barnes
Mother/Rich Mother Michèle Forbes
Charles Addams Darragh Kelly
St Clair McKelway Owen McDonnell
William Shawn Lorcan Cranitch
Maeve Brennan Catherine Walker
Desk Clerk/Waiter Steve Gunn
Girl Juno Kostick
Girl Hazel Doupe
Production Team  
Director Annabelle Comyn
Set Designer Paul O'Mahony
Producer Anne Clarke
Lighting Natasha Chivers
Costume Designer Peter O'Brien (2)
Choreographer Liz Roche
Music and Sound by Philip Stewart
Assistant Director Maisie Lee
Company Manager Sara Cregan
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Deputy Production Manager Jakub Sobczak
Stage Director Clive Welsh
Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
Lighting Operator Paul Doran
Set Construction Theatre Production Services (TPS)
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Costume Supervisor Emily Ní Bhroin
Costume Construction Nadia Rawi
Chief Electrician Adam Fitzsimons
Stage Crew Hugh Roberts
Chaperone Eleanor White
Tailor Denis Darcy
Photography Patrick Redmond
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Publicity Sinead O'Doherty
Publicity Nik Quaife
Hair & Make-Up Sharon Ennis


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Caroline Davidson Literary Agency

  • Address

    5 Queen Anne's Gardens
    London W4 1TU

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 8995 5768

  • Email

  • Website


Material for this entry was drawn from the company play programme and reviews.