Three Short Comedies by Seán O'Casey

‘wildly entertaining’- The Irish Times
‘three Seán O'Casey crackers’- Sunday Independent
‘delivered with music hall flair’- The Guardian
‘serious slapstick with lashings of laughter’- The Arts Review
‘laugh-out-loud moments’- Connacht Tribune

'Saint Correlliolanus, come on, and deliver us from utther desthruction!'

Druid is back on the road with three short comedies by the great Irish playwright Seán O'Casey.

Join us this winter in Galway, Dublin, Kilkenny or Wexford for these classic rip-roaring one-act plays.

A Pound on Demand (1939) is the tale of Jerry and Sammy who badly need a quick injection of cash to continue their night on the town.

In Bedtime Story (1951), poor John Jo Mulligan learns the hard way that inviting members of the opposite sex to Miss Mossie's lodging house comes with serious consequences.

All hell breaks loose in The End of the Beginning (1937) when Darry Berrill and his wife Lizzie agree to swap their household roles - and that's before Darry's clumsy friend Barry arrives.

These short tales of misadventure will be directed by Garry Hynes and performed by Druid ensemble members Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea with Venetia Bowe, Liam Heslin and Sarah Morris.

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes approximately including 2 intervals

Show Programme

Explore an archive copy of the show programme

Show Trailer

Production Images

Rehearsal Images


Cast - A Pound on Demand

  • Girl Venetia Bowe
  • Policeman Liam Heslin
  • Sammy Aaron Monaghan
  • Woman Sarah Morris
  • Jerry Rory Nolan

Cast - Bedtime Story

  • Miss Mossie Venetia Bowe
  • Daniel Halibut Liam Heslin
  • John Jo Mulligan Aaron Monaghan
  • Angela Nightingale Sarah Morris
  • A Policeman Rory Nolan
  • A Doctor Marty Rea

Cast - The End of the Beginning

  • Lizzie Berrill Sarah Morris
  • Darry Berrill Rory Nolan
  • Barry Derrill Marty Rea

Creative Team

  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Set and Costume Design Francis O'Connor
  • Lighting Design James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Design Gregory Clarke
  • Music Conor Linehan
  • Hair and Make-Up Gráinne Coughlan
  • Associate Costume Designer Clíodhna Hallissey
  • Associate Sound Designer Sam Vincent