About the production

Written & Directed by: Gerard Stembridge

Music by: John Dunne

Authors Note:

Yes I played in the schoolboy leagues in Limerick. I even got the Club Man of the Year awards with Pike Rovers (which meant I wasn’t much good but I was always there and enthusiastic).  I failed to be selected at the freshers trial in UCD (where someone said to me that at least I talked a good game of soccer).  The only time I ever seemed to get it right was when I supported Chelsea against Leeds in the FA Cup final of 1970.  That was a year after I saw my first international, and watched Hungary beat us 2-1 at Dalymount.  We ‘got a result’ as we used to say then.

Then after 20 years of international watching as the team matured along with myself, I sat in Lansdowne Road on a beautiful summer’s day in 1989 and saw Ireland beat Hungary with relative ease, on their way to the World Cup in Italy.  It was truly a full circle.  I knew then what could be done.  It all happened well within a generation.  A team can change.  People can change.  I take pleasure in that fact and I think it’s worth singing about.

-Gerard Stembridge

Cast List

  • Noreen - Carita Owens
  • Aaron - Rachel Walsh
  • Jane - Kate McSweeney
  • Louise - Roseanne Smith
  • Marie Anne - Seona Ní Bhriain
  • Darryl - Gliondar Ní Ghloinn
  • Maeve - Mary-Ann Bolger
  • Amanda - Eileen McGee
  • Julie - Marie McFadden
  • Tim - Andrew Lovern
  • Declan - Peter Butler
  • Alex - Alan King
  • Dylan - Paddy Shirley
  • Roger - Mark Canavan
  • Harry - Shane Hagan
  • Roy - Neil Watkins
  • Charles - David Kelly

Crew List

  • Set/Costume Design: Connie Dowling
  • Design Assistant: Ruth Hosty
  • Lighting Design: Tony Wakefield
  • Choreography: Ciarán Gray
  • Piano: John Dunne
  • Percussion: Robert Harris
  • Assistant Director: Louise Drumm
  • Voice Training: John White
  • Stage Manager: Anne Richardson
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Eamonn Fox
  • Set Construction: Don Dempsey
  • Set Construction: Roger Boardman
  • Costume Construction: Joanne Connell
  • Costume Construction Assistance: Louise Broe
  • Costume Construction Assistance: Maura Howe
  • Props: Rowena Kelly
  • Props: Louise Loughman
  • Lighting Operator: Jean O'Dwyer
  • Follow Spots: Shane Mullins
  • Follow Spots: Jim Cullen
  • Sound Operator: Derek O'Connor
  • Production Team Mascot: Simon Maxwell
  • Administration: Emer McGowan
  • Administration Assisted by: Aedin Cosgrove
  • Publicist: Madeline Boughton
  • Photography: Joe St. Ledger
  • Graphic Design: Val Mercier
  • Sponsorship: Paul O'Connor