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 by Ciarán Ruby

“Who are ye talkin’ to?”

“Dead boy from the famine….I said, are you hungry?”
“I am.”
“Bet you are.”

A  magical journey through the past, present and future of the Callan Workhouse, re-imagined through the eyes of a child…

Asylum and Camphill marked the re-birth of this historic site through this unique theatrical event. Part celebration, part exorcism, Sundown combined professional and local community cast of all ages, guiding the audience through the Workhouse grounds, and it’s history. Jack Coffee, a child of the 1950’s, a dreamer, a troubled soul, an outsider, takes a journey into an imagined past, while trying to cope with a worrying and unimaginable future. ‘Bones’ Kerwick, a famine child, who has coped with worse and still survived, leads Jack through a hyper-real depiction of this world of horror.

What happens to childhood in a place where survival itself is a struggle?

A site-specific performance, presented as part of National Heritage Week, August 2008

Sundown HilaryCast:
Dignitary: Jim Carroll
Jack Healy
Ciarán Bermingham
Ben Moylan
Jackie Purcell
Aíne Keegan
Jamie Kennedy
Adrian Scanlan
Tom Barry
Dervla O’Malley
Cormac Costello
Mrs Kearney/Matron: 
Etaoin O’Holohan
Michael Keane
Blind Woman: 
Medb Lambert
Cormac Costello
 Niall Sheehy
Adrian Scanlan
Lady Clifden/Madwoman: 
Hillary O’Shaughnessy
Jacqui Purcell
Jake Moylan
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Eoin Barry
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Shane Byrne
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Jim Rohan
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Sighile Hennessy
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Anna Lyons
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Brid Lyons
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Caitriona Cody
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Jeanne Guilbert
Mad Person/Pirate: 
Bernie Brennan
Penny Man: 
David Lambert
Little Girl: 
Charlotte Hatt / Orla Moloney


Production Team:

Writer: Ciarán Ruby
Director: Donal Gallagher
Dramaturg: Medb Lambert
Set Designer: David Lambert & Medb Lambert
Lighting Designer: Tim Feelihy
Costume Designer: Lisa Zagone
Sound Designer: Cormac O’Connor
Make-Up: Jean Conroy
Producer: Anja Terpstra
Production Manager: Tim Feehily
Stage Manager: Elaine Walsh
Asst. Stage Manager: Richard Coghlan
Sound Operator: Sam Moylan
LX Operator: Elaine Walsh
PR: National Heritage Council
Graphic Design: Medb Lambert & Frank Prendergast
Artist Initiator: Alan Counihan
Initiator: Patrick Lydon
Advisor: Thomas Kilroy
Straw Body Sculptures: Saturio Alonso
Visual Installations: Helen Comerford, Patrick O’Connor, Richard Coghlan, Etaoin Holahan
Oral Historian: Etaoin Holahan
Set Construction: Norbert Lisik & David Lambert
Site preparation: Camphill Callan
Facilities: KCAT Art & Study Centre
Facilities: Endangered Studios
Production: Asylum Productions / Camphill Communities


Grant aided by The Arts Council and Camphill Communities and supported by KCAT Art & Study Centre, National Heritage Week, Kilkenny Arts Office, Kilkenny County Council and Endangered Artist Studios.camphill

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