An Abbey Theatre production

Portia Coughlan

11 February - 12 March 2022

Written by Marina Carr

Directed by Caroline Byrne

Booking Information

Dates: 11 February – 12 March 2022
on the Abbey stage

Previews: 11, 12, 14 February

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

Tickets: €15 – €45


Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 3 March, 7:30pm

'There's a wolf tooth growin in me heart and it's turnin me from everywan and everythin I am.'

Today is Portia Coughlan’s 30th birthday, but she doesn’t have the heart to celebrate.

It’s also the anniversary of the death of her twin brother, Gabriel, who drowned 15 years ago.

Is it her fate to join him in the Belmont river, or can she escape the past and find her place in this world?

Marina Carr’s haunting play premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 1996. This new production is directed by Abbey Theatre Associate Director, Caroline Byrne, and stars Olivier Award winner, Denise Gough in the title role.



'Not only one of the finest women playwrights of her generation, but simply one of the finest playwrights of any generation'
The Irish Times


  • Fintan Goolan: Jamie Beamish
  • Blaize Scully: Barbara Brennan
  • Sly Scully: Liam Carney
  • Marianne Scully: Derbhle Crotty
  • Stacia Doyle: Imogen Doel
  • Portia Coughlan: Denise Gough
  • Maggie May Doorley: Anna Healy
  • Senchil Doorley: Gary Murphy
  • Damus Halion: Fionn Ó Loingsigh
  • Raphael Coughlan: Marty Rea
  • Writer: Marina Carr
  • Director: Caroline Byrne
  • Set Design: Chiara Stephenson
  • Composer and Sound Design: Mel Mercier
  • Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
  • Costume Design: Catherine Fay
  • Movement Director: Megan Kennedy
  • Video Design: Jack Phelan
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Fight Director: Ciaran O’Grady
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