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The Dead


  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    James Joyce 

  • Setting

    Dublin, 6 January 1904.

  • Synopsis

    The Morkan sisters hold their annual Feast of the Epiphany dinner. It is the 12th Day of Christmas. The evening is filled with conversation, music and dancing, with a sense of sadness behind the gaiety.

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Original Cast  
Molly Ivors Fiona Bell
Gabriel Conroy Stanley Townsend
Kate Morkan Ingrid Craigie
Mrs Mallins Rosaleen Linehan
Mr Browne Mark Lambert
Mary Jane Morkan Alison McKenna
Freddy Mallins Lorcan Cranitch
Gretta Conroy Derbhle Crotty
A Porter Derry Power
Julia Morkan Anita Reeves
Dance Captain Laura Macken
Miss O'Callaghan Aileen Mythen
Ensemble Emma O'Kane
Lily Charlotte McCurry
Mr Kerrigan Shane O'Reilly
Miss Daly Clare O'Malley
Mr Bergin Muiris Crowley
Ensemble Patrick Kelliher
Ensemble Jonathan Mitchell
Miss Furlong Anna Brady
Bartell D'Arcy Morgan Crowley
The Ghost of Michael Furey Pascal Kennedy
Production Team  
Director Joe Dowling
Set Designer Riccardo Hermandez
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Costume Designer Joan Bergin
Sound Designer Ben Delaney
Assistant Director Maeve Stone
Deputy Stage Manager Paula Tierney
Assistant Stage Manager Róisín Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Richie O'Sullivan
Company Stage Manager Dougie Wilson
Choreography and Movement David Bolger
Set Construction Capital Scenery
Musical Director and Company Composer Conor Linehan
Graphic Design Zero- G
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Sign Language Interpreter Amanda Coogan
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Casting Director Kelly Phelan
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Captioning Ruth McCreery
Captioning Paula McRedmond
Audio Description Maureen Portsmouth
Audio Description Bríd Ní Ghruagáin


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

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The information for this entry was taken from the company play programme and material.