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Inside the GPO


  • Playwright

    Colin Murphy 

  • Setting

    The General Post Office, Dublin, 1916.

  • Synopsis

    The rebel leadership navigates the perils of the Rising across the five days during which they occupied the GPO. On Monday, they seize and secure the building, and repel the first attacks. On Tuesday, they attempt to deal with looting on O'Connell St. On Wednesday, the shelling starts. On Thursday, the building goes on fire. On Friday, they are forced to evacuate. People buckle under pressure. Tensions run high. They constantly have to revise their plans and expectations.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling occurs.


  • Date of First Production

    31 March 2016

  • Production Notes

    Produced in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, Ireland 2016, An Post, DublinTown and Arnotts.

  • Producer

    Produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed in the main Post Office hall of the GPO in Dublin.

Original Cast  
Mary Louisa Hamilton Norway Karen Ardiff
Winifred Carney Orla Fitzgerald
Min Ryan Liz Fitzgibbon
Murphy Louis Deslis
Good Louis Deslis
Walsh Carolyn Donnelly
Finn Tom Duffy
Singer Martha Dunlea
Byrne Martha Dunlea
O'Sullivan Des Eastwood
Keogh Gavin Fullam
Junior Officer Gavin Fullam
Sean McDermott Manus Halligan
James Connolly Aidan Kelly
Patrick Pearse Ronan Leahy
Duffy Ali Hardiman
Gahan Daniel McDermott
Fr. Flanagan Daniel McDermott
Tom Clarke Michael Glenn Murphy
Norway Michael Glenn Murphy
McLaughlin Meg O'Brien
British Officer Gavan O'Connor Duffy
Swede Gavan O'Connor Duffy
The O'Rahilly Don Wycherley
Production Team  
Director Jim Culleton
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Producer Eva Scanlan
Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
Movement Director Bryan Burroughs
Associate Producer Colin Murphy
Associate Producer Pauric Dempsey
Line Producer Aisling O'Brien
Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny
Production Manager Mark Galione
Stage Manager Tara Doolan
Assistant Stage Manager Caoimhe Whelan
Scenic & Costume Designer Niamh Lunny
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Crew Jonny Kearns
Crew Niall Woods
Crew Pius McGrath
Crew John Gunning
Press/Publicity Sinead O'Doherty
Graphic Design Publicis Dublin
Photography Dan O'Neill (Publicis)
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock


  • Contact

    Fishamble: The New Play Company

  • Address

    3 Great Denmark Street,
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 670 4018

  • Email

  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Fishamble: The New Play Company

  • Address

    3 Great Denmark Street,
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 670 4018

  • Email

  • Website


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