by Martin McDonagh
directed by Pat Boxall
Sunday 23 February 14.00 – 18.00
Monday 24 February 19.00 – 22.00
Tuesday 25 February 19.00 – 22.00
Sunday 1 March 12.00 – 16.00
Friday 17 July – Saturday 25 July, evening performances 7.45pm, Sunday Matinee
2.30pm, no performance on Monday.
England 1965 – What is Britain’s (second most) famous executioner to do now that hanging has been abolished? The simple answer is a lot more than he bargained for. In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity and the cub reporters and pub regulars are dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, while his old assistant Syd and the mysterious Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.
All have an Oldham accent except where indicated.
Hennessy - Condemned murderer, protesting his innocence and petrified – appears in opening scene only – 20s / 30s (Cockney)
Harry - Pub landlord and “second best hangman in England” - Self important, insecure bully who loves to humiliate those closest to him – 50s
Syd - Harry’s inept, stammering assistant – with a dark side – 40s / 50s
Alice - Harry’s wife, a strong woman struggling with a teenage daughter, fond of a few G&Ts - 40s / 50s
Bill - Pub regular, alcoholic 40s
Charlie - Pub regular, forever explaining to Arthur what’s being said – 40s
Arthur - Pub regular, very deaf and slow 60s / 70s
Clegg - Rookie young reporter for the local rag 20s
Inspector Fry - Sardonic local police inspector and pub regular 40s/ 50s
Mooney - Disconcerting “menacing” southerner, quietly unnerving 30s (London)
Shirley - Harry and Alice’s moody 15 year old daughter; naïve & vulnerable.
Pierrepoint - “No 1 Hangman” whose renown Wade has always envied; sharp and charismatic 60
Guards x 2 - Non speaking, appear in opening scene only – may be doubled
Governor - Two brief lines in opening scene – may be doubled
Doctor - One brief line in opening scene – may be doubled