An Abbey Theatre production

On Raftery's Hill

27 April - 12 May 2018

Booking Information

Dates: 27 April – 12 May
On the Abbey Stage

Free First Preview27 April

Previews: 28 – 30 April

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Age Guidance: 16+
Please note patrons may find some scenes distressing.

Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Early Bird tickets available until 31 January.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 226

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 10 May, 7:30pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 12 May, 2:00pm

★★★★ - The Irish Times | ★★★★ - The Sunday Times | ★★★★ The Mail on Sunday | ★★★★ The Sunday Business Post

Red Raftery is a powerful man and used to getting what he wants. He owns 300 acres of the finest land this side of the Shannon and west of the Pale, where he lives with three generations of his family.

But there is something rotten on Raftery’s hill. The fields are full of animal carcasses and there is a stench in the air.

Set in a close-knit farming community, Marina Carr’s darkly comic and explosive play pushes a family to the limits.



'a striking and pummelling production'
The Irish Times

'an unmissable tour de force'
The Arts Review

The Sunday Times

'theatrical writing of the highest order'
The Mail on Sunday

'This full-blooded production looks terrific, features some superb acting and leaves a strong emotional impression'
The Sunday Business Post

'The play needs towering performances; and under McLaughlin's direction it gets them'
The Sunday Independent

'This demanding and gritty text receives a spellbinding revival from Caitríona McLaughlin...everyone one of these performances is top-notch'
Irish Independent


Images © Ros Kavanagh

Audience Reaction 


In Rehearsal 

Meet the Cast 

About On Raftery’s Hill 



  • Ded Raftery: Peter Coonan
  • Red Raftery: Lorcan Cranitch
  • Sorrel Raftery: Zara Devlin
  • Dinah Raftery: Maeve Fitzgerald
  • Dara Mood: Kwaku Fortune
  • Isaac Dunn: Peter Gowen
  • Shalome Raftery: Marie Mullen
  • Writer: Marina Carr
  • Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
  • Set and Costume Design: Joanna Parker
  • Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
  • Composer and Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
  • Movement Director: Sue Mythen
  • Hair and Make-Up: Leonard Daly
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Casting: Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jones
  • Costume Supervisor: Orla Long
  • Dresser: Eimear Farrell
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