By John B. Keane

Nana and Mena bicker and provoke one another in the small smoky cottage where they live with Sive and Mena’s husband, Mike. While Nana dotes on her orphaned granddaughter, Sive, Mena plots to marry the young girl off to an old local farmer for the promise of land and a chance to escape from poverty.

Written in 1959, Sive has become an Irish classic and one of the nation's best loved plays. It is a story about a battle of generations, a country in flux, exploitation, greed, love and tragedy all told with John B's lyrical dialogue and great Irish humour.

Now in a new production, Garry Hynes directs a major Irish Cast that includes Anna Manahan, Eamon Morrissey and Derbhle Crotty.

Irish Times / ESB Theatre Awards: Best Director – Garry Hynes

‘gripping to the end’- Sunday Tribune, 22 Sept 2003
‘stunning … this production does great honour to the enduring vision of Keane’- The Guardian, 17 Sept 2003



  • Sive Ruth Bradley
  • Mena Glavin Derbhle Crotty
  • Carthalawn Peter Halpind
  • Mike Glavin Gary Lydon
  • Nanna Glavin Anna Manahan
  • Thomasheen Sean Rua Eamon Morrissey
  • Sean Dota r Noel O’Donovan
  • Pats Bocock Frank O’Sullivan
  • Liam Scuab Barry Ward

Creative Team

  • Directed by: Garry Hynes
  • Set Design: Francis O’Connor
  • Sound Design: Scott George
  • Music: Laura Forrest Hayell
  • Lighting Design: Davy Cunningham
  • Costume Design: Kathy Strachan
  • Dialect Coach: Jill McCullough
  • Movement Director: David Bolger
  • Design Assistant: Andrew Mitch

Production Team

  • Producer Donal Shiels
  • Production Manager Eamonn Fox (Galway)
  • Company Stage Manager Sophie Gabszewicz
  • Tim Smith
  • Deputy Stage Manager Michele Enright
  • Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Lynch
  • Intern Amy Corrigan
  • Costume Supervisor Doreen McKenna
  • Caroline McCurdy
  • Electrician Eamon Fox (Dublin)
  • Wigs and Make-up Anne Dunne
  • PR Consultant Kate Bowe
  • Casting Maureen Hughes
  • Amy Rowan
  • Set Construction Theatre Production Services
  • Graphic Design Proactive
  • Scenic Artists Jack Kirwan
  • Sandra Butler
  • J.B. Keane
  • Portrait Philip Lindey
  • For Druid:
  • Artistic Director Garry Hynes
  • Managing Director Fergal McGrath
  • Financial Controller David McConnell
  • Administrative Assistant Loretto O’Donohoe
  • Administration Molly Molloy
  • Aileen O’Hara
  • Yvonne Corscadden