The Shaughraun

Smock Alley Theatre presents as its tenth in-house production, The Shaughraun, written by Dion Boucicault

Robert Ffolliott, fiancee of Arte O’Neil, has returned to Ireland after escaping from prison in Australia. Robert, an innocent local gentleman, has been convicted as a Fenian fugitive but it soon becomes clear that he is no such thing. The villain Kinchela, Robert’s fake friend, tries to hunt Robert down and arrest him – his main motive being greed for Robert’s estate & his desire for Arte, Robert’s fiancee. With the help of Conn the Shaughraun Robert escapes various melodramatic cliffhanger situations.

Meanwhile, Robert’s sister, Claire, is in love with an English soldier, Captain Molineaux, who is tracking down Fenians in the area. She cannot decide whether or not to protect her brother or betray the Captain – her heart is torn in two – family loyalty or true love.

30 July – 1 Sep | 7:30pm (Tue – Sat) and 2:30pm (Sat + Sun) | Main SpaceNO SHOWS ON MONDAYS

Written in 1874 by the Irish master of melodrama Dion Boucicault, the themes in this play still ring true – from vulture bankers, rising rents and homelessness, to Anglo-Irish relations and impending Brexit doom. But can love conquer all? That is the question… Smock Alley’s production is a modernisation of this melodrama, musically underscored and imagining ourselves in another post crash Ireland. Is history always destined to repeat itself?

A heart-racing, fast-paced, comedy of sorrows, incorporating hunger, greed, love, loyalty, and a fall off a cliff!

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Juliette Crosbie, Martha Dunlea, David Fennelly, Martha Grant, Aron Hegarty, Liam Heslin, David O’Meara, Deirdre Monaghan, Jack Mullarkey

Director : Clare Maguire

Set Desginer : Ger Clancy

Sound Designer : Jack Cawley

Lighting Designer : Shane Gill

Costume Designer : Miriam Duffy

Producer : Clíona Dukes

Production Manager : Aisling Mooney

Stage Manager : Rachel Bergin

ASM : Ellie Hendry

Lighting Operator : Hannah Reid

Movement Director : Kitty Randle

Fight Director : Ciarán O’Grady