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The Match Box


  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Setting

    Valentia Island, off the coast of County Kerry.

  • Synopsis

    “And she grew to be a girl, my daughter, my Mary. Sing a song, Mary. Sing for grandma and granda. Sing.” The ties that bind can never be broken. For Sal, they hang like a noose around her neck, just loose enough to keep a small but potent flame alive inside. A passionate story of one woman’s journey through forgiveness, revenge and redemption.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    14 June 2012

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the Playhouse Theatre Studio.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The play's Irish premiere took place on 15 July 2015 at the Town Hall Theatre as part of Galway International Arts Festival. The production was directed by Joan Sheehy, and starred Cathy Belton.

Original Cast  
Sal Leanne Best
Recorded Voice Esme Herbert
Recorded Voice Melanie Pappenheim
Production Team  
Director Lia Williams
Designer Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer Charlie Lucas
Costume Supervisor Jacquie Davies
Composer/Sound Designer Giles Perring



  • 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

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the published play script, with additional information supplied by the company.