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  • The Whiteheaded Boy

    Written by Lennox Robinson & directed by Gerard Stembridge

    Cast: Veronica Coburn, Raymond Keane, Louis Lovett and Mikel Murfi

    Production Designer: Sean Hillen

    Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan

    Costume Designer: Kathy Kavanagh

    September 1997: Premiered at project@the mint, Dublin

    1998: Ireland: Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford; Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork; Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick; Town Hall Theatre, Galway; Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny; Backstage Theatre, Longford; Hawkswell, Sligo; Garage Theatre, Monaghan; Andrews Lane Theatre, Olympia Theatre, Dublin

    Northern Ireland: Riverside Theatre, Coleraine; Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast; The Playhouse, Derry

    Wales: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth; Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon; Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

    England: Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, London

    1999: The Lyric Theatre, Belfast; The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

    USA: Terrace Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Lied Theater, Lawrence, KS; Moore Theatre, Hanover, NH; Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT; Harvey Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY; University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

    2000: St. James Theatre, New Zealand Festival, Wellington, N.Z.

    The Whiteheaded Boy was first performed in 1916 in the Abbey Theatre. Usually played with a cast of twelve, Barabbas� production was played with a cast of four and cleverly and hilariously deconstructed the theatrical conventions of the original.

    The Whiteheaded Boy was nominated for 3 1998 Irish Times ESB Theatre Awards.

    "Stunning, completely convincing, absolutely credible, perfectly characterised and manically funny, it's not to be missed"
    Sunday Independent

    "gorgeous and effortless performances, a production of astonishing invention and unalloyed pleasure."
    Sunday Tribune

    "a great theatrical piece of barmy storytelling"
    The Guardian

    "extraordinary talents...deft, original, inventive, convulsively funny"
    Irish Times

    "absolutely bloody brilliant...members of the audience were literally weeping with delight"
    Irish Independent

    "a breakneck comic journey through a classic of the Irish theatrical repertoire - truly sophisticated and completely accessible"
    Variety (USA)

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