The Lark and Not The Nightingale

Written by Jennifer Johnston
Directed by Lorcan Dunne
Performed (first) in Maureen O'Hara Studio from 26 to 29 October 2016

Mamie, the caretaker of a performing hall, lives in its dusty attic. Taking little care of the building and less of herself, she spends most of her time and money on whiskey and cigarettes. Mamie hears "Romeo and Juliet" which is being performed and it brings back happy and sad memories. In an alcoholic haze-- she talks of their days in the theatre to her husband, Owen-- rails at him for leaving her for another woman and is torn between hating and loving him. A poignant and thought provoking play.

poster for 'The Lark and Not The Nightingale' Barry O'Connor (Owen), Doris Cullen (Mamie) and Eimear Smyth (Janet)


The play achieved the following results on the One Act Festival circuit in 2017.

Results at Wicklow Federation Drama Festival, Glenealy on 22 January 2017


  • Best Actress
  • Best Moment in Drama
  • 2nd - Best Play


Results at Bray One-Act Festival on 25 January 2017

  • Best Play
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress

Nominations out of 3 for:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Lighting


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Doris Cullen
Barry O'Connor
Eimear Smyth
Production/Stage Manager
Costume Design
Sound and Lighting
Set Construction
Poster Design
Lorcan Dunne
Mary Ryan
Dympna Murray
Sean Murphy & Paul Macken
Patrick Hand
Aoibhinn Finnegan
poster for 'The Lark and Not The Nightingale' Graphic from poster for the play.
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