The Beacon

A new play by Nancy Harris

A mysterious accident. A dead husband. People are talking. Secrets are resurfacing from the depths. Is the past ever truly dead?

Beiv, a celebrated artist, has moved from suburban Dublin to her holiday cottage on an island off the coast of West Cork. But a dark shadow from the past hangs over her. When her estranged son and his new young wife arrive to stay, she is faced with some difficult questions.

The Beacon, a new play by Nancy Harris, was commissioned by Druid in 2016. This will be a co-production with the Gate Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019.

Nancy's play Two Ladies, directed by Tony Award winner Nicholas Hytner will have its world premiere at the Bridge Theatre, London the same week.

‘Absorbing, intelligent and grimly funny’- Irish Times
‘As sharp as a stiletto’- Sunday Independent

Irish Times Irish Theatre Award Best Supporting Actor - Ian-Lloyd Anderson



  • Donal Ian-Lloyd Anderson
  • Beiv Jane Brennan
  • Bonnie Rae Gray
  • Ray Dan Monaghan
  • Colm Marty Rea


  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Set & Costume Francis O'Connor
  • Lighting James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Gregory Clarke
  • Fight Director James Cosgrave

Production Team

  • Executive Director Feargal Hynes
  • Associate Producer Brian Fenton
  • Production Manager Barry O'Brien
  • Company Manager Jean Hally
  • Deputy Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
  • Assistant Stage Manager Audrey Rooney
  • Stage Management Intern Mark Jackson
  • Casting Consultants Maureen Hughes
  • Sarah Jones
  • US Casting Laura Stanczyk
  • Costume Supervisor Doreen McKenna
  • Costume Assistant Jingyi Zhang
  • Hair and Make Up Val Sherlock
  • Master Carpenter Gus Dewar
  • Carpenters Pete Nelson
  • Tony O'Reilly
  • Chief Electrician Shannon Light
  • Lighting Programmer Susan Collins
  • Technician Richard Curwood
  • Scenic Artist Rachel Towey
  • Scenic Painter Orla Clogher
  • Props Gill Christie
  • Gavin Morgan
  • Assistant Set Designer Rodolfo Villalobos
  • Production Photography Robbie Jack
  • Rehearsal Photography Kyle Tunney
  • PR Bowe Communications