PROGRAMME: The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, by Tom Kilroy (1991)


PROGRAMME: The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, by Tom Kilroy (1991)


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Thomas Kilroy’s hugely entertaining play recalls the glorious days of the fit-up companies touring Ireland with everything from Shakespeare to melodrama.

‘Europe is in the grip of World War II. Mankind has gone into battle. Ireland declares an emergency. It is a time of glimmer men and black bread; ration books and rumours of invasion; L.D.F. patrols and Step Together weeks. For one rural Irish town things will never be the same again. Not because of the war, but because Madame MacAdam has arrived, the wonderful Madame MacAdam and her troupe of travelling players …’

Listen to RTÉ Arts Show review of the play (1991)



First production; Guildhall, Derry, 9 September 1991


Original Cast  

Lyle Jones  Julian Curry

Simon  Donagh Deeney

Young Maher  Donagh Deeney

Slipper  Donagh Deeney

Sergeant of the Guards  Kevin Flood

Sally  Amanda Hurwitz

Marie Therese  Tina Kellegher

Bun Bourke  Conor McDermottroe

Chamberlain  Conor McDermottroe

LDF Man  Tony McKeown

Jo  Fionnuala Murphy

LDF Man  Kevin Nelis

LDF Man  Jim Patton

Rabe  Tom Radcliffe

Announcer’s Voice  Stephen Rea

Madame McAdam  Helen Ryan


Production Team   

Director   Jim Nolan

Designer  Monica Frawley

Lighting Designer  Conleth White

Design Assistant  Barbara Lavery

Lighting Assistant  Stevie Arthurs

Production Manager  Padraig O’Neill

Deputy Stage Manager  Marie Breen

Assistant Stage Manager  Annie Farr

Production Assistant  Niamh Eastwood

Set Construction  Paul Turpin

Set Construction  Steve Plant

Scenic Artist  Ned McLoughlin

Wardrobe Mistress  Bernie Friel

Lighting Technician  Ciaron Murphy

PR  Fiona MacMillan

Casting  Hubbard Casting