Photo by Kevin Mcfeeley
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"
"gorgeous and effortless performances, a production of astonishing invention and unalloyed pleasure."
"a great theatrical piece of barmy storytelling"
"extraordinary talents...deft, original, inventive, convulsively funny"
"absolutely bloody brilliant...members of the audience were literally weeping with delight"
"a breakneck comic journey through a classic of the Irish theatrical repertoire - truly sophisticated and completely accessible"