All the way BAck

March 1986

By Bernard Farrell

The hilarious tale of the turmoil that ensues in the Ryan household in an upmarket residential area of Dublin’s Southside, when the ever-practical Sheila Ryan decides on a course of action to boost the family’s depleted income. Her husband, Brendan, a middle-aged redundant executive, has been out of work for eighteen months and there is a big household to support, as they strive to keep up appearances.


Their rugby-playing son, Paul, works in the bank and is the main breadwinner, while the only other income is from a lodger called Mr. Mulligan, a man with a strange occupation and a dubious past. The Ryan’s other son, Michael, is a trained hairdresser, but unemployed, while flirty daughter Mary is a schoolgirl who likes boys with motorbikes.

The household is completed by the eccentric spinster Aunt Catherine, sister of Brendan Ryan and chief critic of his wife, Sheila. Other characters include Northside builder Davis and his dim-witted son, Bimbo. Then, there is the well-heeled neighbour Bill Patterson, a former rugby international colleague of Brendan Ryan’s, who is held in awe by the latter – although Sheila is determined not to be taken in by him as the drama unfolds

THE CAST

MICHAEL

AUNT CATHERINE

BRENDAN

MR MULLIGAN

MARY

PAUL

DAVIS

BIMBO

BILL PATERSON

MRS BROPHY

MRS O'SULLIVAN

MISS QUINN

MRS PREDERGAST

Greg Eades

Rosary Morley

Dick White

Neale Webb

Linda Burne

Andrew Wilkie

Robert Durie

Tim Ferguson

Geoff Lovegrove

Lynn Wiley

Hazel Graves

Amanda Jones

Linda Montgomery

THE CREW

DIRECTOR

STAGE MANAGER

ASSISTED BY

PROPERTIES

PUBLICITY

BUSINESS MANAGER

FRONT OF HOUSE

Jim Lovegrove

Harry Sheppard

Tim Ferguson, Geoff Lovegrove

Barbara Kirk

Amanda Jones

Andrew Ferguson

Brigid Ferguson

PHOTO ALBUM

Cast & Crew
Cast & Crew
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Michael (Greg Eades) & Mrs O'Sullivan (Hazel Graves)
Michael (Greg Eades) & Mrs O'Sullivan (Hazel Graves)
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Davis (Robert Durie) & Bimbo (Tim Ferguson)
Davis (Robert Durie) & Bimbo (Tim Ferguson)
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Brendan (Dick White) & Catherine (Rosary Morley)
Brendan (Dick White) & Catherine (Rosary Morley)
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Davis (Robert Durie)
Davis (Robert Durie)
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Programme
Programme
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Stage Plan
Stage Plan
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Note in Geoff's memoirs: A good play, but this was the first performance of it after the "Abbey" and had never been printed. We were working off typed scripts and didn't realise how long the play was. Bernard Farrell came.