Rathfarnham Theatre Group



[SIGPLUS_EXCEPTION_LIBRARY_IMAGE_PROCESSING] This operation expects an image processing PHP extension such as GD, ImageMagick or Gmagick to be enabled in the PHP configuration, please consult your server administrator.


adaptation by

Frank McGuinness of

James Joyce's

'The Dead'




Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, Saturday 7th December 2019 at 7 pm,

and Sunday 8th December 2.30 pm in the Pearse Museum.


The play is set in Dublin in 1904 at the home of the Morkan sisters as they host their annual dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany. After an evening of music, song and dance the play ends in an epiphany for one of the main characters, Gabriel, the nephew of Kate and Julia Morkan.

In 1914 James Joyce’s collection of short stories entitled Dubliners was published. The final and longest story was “The Dead” which dealt with themes of love and loss and also Irish identity.

The Morkan sisters hold their annual Feast of the Epiphany dinner. It is the 6th of January 1904 and the 12th Day of Christmas. The evening is filled with conversation, music and dancing, with a sense of sadness behind the gaiety.

The critic Richard Ellmann, who was also Joyce’s biographer, wrote ‘in its lyrical, melancholy acceptance of all that life and death offer, “The Dead” is a linchpin in Joyce’s work’.

A film version of “The Dead” directed by John Huston appeared in 1987 with Angelica Huston and Donal McCann as the two central characters Gabriel and Gretta.

The Stage Adaptation by playwright Frank McGuinness premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in December 2012 with Stanley Townsend and Derbhle Crotty playing Gabriel and Gretta.  

RTG are pleased to present Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of “The Dead’ in the lovely environs of the Pearse Museum.

Music, song, dance and drama combine to make a night (or afternoon) not to be missed.

Programme PDF



Bartell D’Arcy Eamonn Murphy
Freddy Malins Kevin Bermingham
Gabriel Conroy Brian Molloy
Gretta Conroy Helen O’Brien
Julia Morkan Helen Cullen
Kate Morkan Carmel Cullen
Lily Lara Walshe
Mary Jane Morkan Imelda Condon
Miss Daly Shelly Power
Miss Furlong Deirdre Shanahan
Miss O’Callaghan Claire Parkes
Molly Ivors Emma Donnelly
Mr Browne Eamonn Cullen
Mr. Bergin Fergal Mohan
Mr. Kerrigan Conor Cronin
Mrs Malins Phil Fitzpatrick
Porter Cass Guinan





Copyright © 2023 Rathfarnham Theatre Group. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.