Co-Presented by the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Fringe Festival

Drainage Scheme

11 - 16 September 2023

Written and Directed by Dick Walsh

Booking Information

Dates: 11 – 16 September
On the Peacock stage 

Times: 7pm, Saturday matinee 1pm

Running time: Approx. 95 mins, no interval

Tickets: €12 – €16

Exploring rapidly changing rural life in 18th century Ireland, this new drama incorporates experimental music and performance techniques.

Focusing on a family living on the edges and struggling to survive, this play explores apathy, uncertainty and perseverance and how the ways life felt then, still feels now.

It is the result of five years of research into a time of radical change, that saw Cork City balloon and rural Munster contract into a cow-based mono-economy.

Hear more about this dramatic exploration of the impact on global trade on day to day life in in 18th century life in a recent Arena interview on RTÉ1.

Developed at FRINGE LAB. Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Supported by Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland and St John’s Theatre, Listowel.


  • Polly Mahony: Billie Traynor
  • Darby Carthy: Donncha Crowley
  • Kate Mahony: Roxanna Nic Liam
  • Mich Mahony: Timmy Creed
  • Thady Mahony: Pat McGrath
  • Augusta Mahony: Ginna Alvarez
  • Fr. Harrington: Shane Connolly
  • Frank Mahony: Daniel Rorke
  • Musician: Daniel Rorke
  • Writer and Director: Dick Walsh
  • Composer: Brian Walsh
  • Concept Research: James Moran
  • Designer: Aedin Cosgrove
  • Costume Designer: Miriam Donahue
  • Dramaturg: Thomas Conway
  • Production Manager: Olivia Drennan
  • Stage Manager: Jasper Cahill
  • Producer: Gwen Van Spyk
  • Image: Jaesin Wu

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