At Swim-Two-Birds
Alex Johnston

An adaptation of Flann O'Brien's original novel of the same name.
Set in Dublin and the Student's imagination.
A drink-addicted, bed-addicted student is writing a novel about a man who is writing a novel; the characters include an invisible fairy, a couple of cowboys from Ringsend and a mad airborne king from ancient Ireland. Under the influence of drink, tea and general ill-will, a group of characters go in search of their author in order to give him a good kicking. But it seems that the author in one story may be only a character in another.
Number of Acts
Cast Size Male
Cast Size Female
Casting Notes
Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.
Date of First Production
29 July 1998
Produced by Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach
Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach
Venue Notes
Produced on the Peacock Stage.
Original Cast
Mr. CorcoranBrendan Conroy
Jem CaseyBrendan Conroy
PeggyMaeve Coogan
LoverMaeve Coogan
ProstituteMaeve Coogan
Fergus McPhellimey, a PookaNed Dennehy
SweenyTony Flynn
Verney WrightTony Flynn
Shorty AndrewsKevin Hely
Small Man in a CoatKevin Hely
MolingKevin Hely
StudentRonan Leahy
LamontRonan Leahy
Fionn MacCoolJohnny Murphy
KellyAnto Nolan
ShanahanAnto Nolan
UncleMick Nolan
TrellisMick Nolan
Slug WillardNiall Ó Sioradáin
Christian BrotherNiall Ó Sioradáin
St. RonanNiall Ó Sioradáin
OrlickRobert Price
LinchehaunRobert Price
LoverRobert Price
BrinsleyKarl Shiels
FurriskeyKarl Shiels
TeresaCatherine Walsh
CowCatherine Walsh
NewsreaderCatherine Walsh
HagCatherine Walsh
Good FairyCatherine Walsh
Production Team
DirectorJimmy Fay
DesignerJohanna Connor
Lighting DesignerTrevor Dawson
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Stage DirectorAudrey Hession
Assistant Stage ManagerAngie White
Set ConstructionAbbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice CoachAndrea Ainsworth
ProgrammeTotal Print and Design
Video DirectorJimmy Fay
Video EditorMarc-Ivan O'Gorman
Scripts & Rights Information
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Source of Information
The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.
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