PROGRAMME: Making History, by Brian Friel (1988)


PROGRAMME: Making History, by Brian Friel (1988)


Original Program. Excellent condition.

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A play about Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who led an Irish and Spanish alliance against the English in an attempt to drive them out of Ireland.  Archbishop Lombard is writing the life of  O’Neill, but what he seeks is neither ‘interpretation’ nor ‘fact’ but ‘the best possible narrative’.




First production: Guildhall, Derry, 20 September 1988


Act One (Before Kinsale): A large room in O’Neill’s house in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, August 1591.

Act Two (After Kinsale): The edge of a thicket in the Sperrin mountains, Co. Tyrone and O’Neill’s apartment in Rome in 1614.

A cynical reminder that all historians are revisionists, this play hints at a fundamental similarity between the recorder and the maker of events.



Original Cast

Mary Bagenal  Emma Dewhurst

Hugh O’Donnell  Peter Gowen

Mabel Bagenal  Clare Holman

Harry Hoveden  Niall O’Brien

Hugh O’Neill  Stephen Rea

Archbishop Lombard  Niall Tóibín


Production Team

Director  Simon Curtis

Set Designer  Julian McGowan

Lighting Designer  Rory Dempster

Costume Designer Martin Chitty

Music by  Stephen Warbeck

Assistant Director  Eoin O’Callaghan

Administration Assistant  Colette Nelis

Stage Manager  Lizzi Cocker

Deputy Stage Manager  Seamus Shea

Assistant Stage Manager  Lucy Barter

Lighting Operator  Conleth White

Set Construction  Chameleon Productions

Costume Supervisor  Christine Rowland

PR  Orla Kennedy

Graphic Design  Cindy Milner

Artist  Basil Blackshaw

Casting  Serena Hill

Casting  Adriana Quaradeghini

Administrator  Maureen Loughran