By Maeve Ingoldsby

Best Children’s Theatre Production Award – Dublin Theatre Festival 1995

Tony (Stephen Dunne) and Eddie (Alan Smyth)

Tony (Stephen Dunne) and Eddie (Alan Smyth)

Eddie Byrne has a secret. Trouble is that it’s his big brother Tony’s secret and he’s promised not to ‘squeal’. Ma knows Tony’s up to something but she’s not sure what it is. Mrs Farrell, next-door, has her own opinion on the matter and is not shy about offering advice. Neither is Auntie Carmel who’s doing a course on parenting. They all start putting tow and two together and getting six and a half, and suddenly Tony’s secret is ruining the whole summer. Advice varies form “being loving ans supportive” to “a clip on the ear” and Ma finds herself under increasing pressure. Eddie decides things are getiing out of hand it’s time to spill the beans – if he can find the right words! And someone to listen!

A play for children aged 10 – 14 years.

The ProductionProduction History
Actor 1: Alan SmythCork Opera House24th – 26th April 1995
Actor 2: Susan CollinsBelltable, Limerick8th – 12th May 1995
Actor 3: Clara MylesRiverbank, Dublin15th – 19th May 1995
Actor 4: Stephen Dunne
Actor 5: Kevin Reynolds
Director: Vincent Dempsey
Costume Designer: Bernie McCoy
Set Designer: Harry Harris
Production Manager: Veronica McGuire
Stage Manager: Anna-Marie Madden