Of Mice And Men

Written by John Steinbeck
Directed by Kate Canning
Performed in dlr Mill Theatre , Dundrum, Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 February 2018

Of Mice And Men
The cast and crew on stage at the dlr Mill Theatre.


The play, ‘Of Mice and Men’, began as a short novel of the same name, published in 1937. It is set in the United States at the time of the Great Depression, which followed the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The work was an experimental form in which Steinbeck set out to explore human suffering in general and the hardships faced by migrant workers in particular.

Poster for Of Mice And Men


In a letter to a friend, the writer said, "I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley, of all the little towns and all the farms and the ranches in the wilder hills. I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world.” That valley is the Salinas Valley in California, where he grew up.

Steinbeck’s family was relatively well-off, but he was aware of what the migrant workers had to deal with in the area not far from his home. He travelled through the small valleys, saw how the workers lived and heard first-hand many of their stories.

The play tells the tale of two great friends and their struggle to live the American dream. George and Lennie have been travelling together from ranch to ranch for years, working hard to make ends meet and save enough for a place of their own.



Director Brendan Phelan (l-r) David Walsh (Lennie) and Declan O'Loughlin (George)

Lennie and George are polar opposites: George is intelligent, quick and not very tall, while Lennie is slow-minded, childlike, and big. Though they are different, they care deeply about each other.

They have been dreaming for years to save enough for a little land of their own, and when they are both hired to a new job they believe that they may finally achieve their goal. But trouble begins to brew when one of the bosses' wife becomes too interested in the infatuated Lennie.

It has been described as 'a beautiful tragedy'; and while 'Of Mice and Men' has become a staple of American theatre, it has also remained very popular with audiences far from its Californian valley.


‘Little Mouse, you’re not alone,
Provin’ foresight’s overblown:
For the best laid plans of mice and men
Come to nothin’ now and then,
And they leave us only grief and pain,
When they promise sun not rain!’

The verse created as part of the sound design for this production, and sung by Curley’s Wife, was adapted from the Robert Burns poem 'To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough', which inspired the title of the play.

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Photographs taken by Declan Brennan at the Dress Rehearsal on Monday 5 February 2018.


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Cast for 'Of Mice And Men'
George Milton
Lennie Small
The Boss
Curley's Wife
Candy's Dog
Declan O'Loughlin
David Walsh
Sean Murphy
Brendan Dunne
Declan Rudden
Remy Naidoo
Will Flannagan
Barry O'Connor
Mark O'Leary
Derek Ugochukwu
Production Team for 'Of Mice And Men'
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Backstage Crew
Costume Design
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Set Construction
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Front of House
Kate Canning
Joanne Keane
Fiona Walsh
Una Twyford
Aengus Cooke,
Cian Lucas,
Michael Carthy,
Hannah Crowley
and Ross Smith
Teresa Dempsey
Dympna Murray
Gerard Bourke
Tom Ronayne,
and Robert Coventry
Kris Mooney
Declan Brennan
Aoife Braiden
Declan Brennan
Aoibhinn Finnegan
Patrick Hand
Muriel Caslin O’Hagan,
Jean Monahan,
Mary Ryan,
Eimear Smyth,
Mark Coen
and Doris Cullen

A PDF copy of the programme for 'Of Mice And Men' is available here.

Of Mice And Men
(l-r) Will Flanagan (Slim), Declan Rudden (Curley), Mark O'Leary (Whit) and Sean Murphy (Candy)


Of Mice And Men The set was designed by Gerard Bourke and constructed by Tom Ronayne and Robert Coventry.