The Whiteheaded Boy by Lennox Robinson is a favourite on the Irish theatre scene. First produced in the significant year 1916, it tells the story of the Geoghegan family: the youngest son, Denis, is his widowed mother’s favourite, and all the other siblings suffer by comparison. When he – yet again – fails his TCD exams, the oldest brother, George, decides Denis must leave and go to Canada. Trouble ensues.
The first performance is tonight, Friday, at 7.00pm in the Big Schoolroom, the second and final one tomorrow at the same time. Parents are welcome at either.
Our Guide and Opinionated Commentator.
Cheuk Yin Wong
Hannah, a slow-moving maid.
Mrs Geoghegan, a widow with six adult children.
Kate, her oldest daughter. Now 36, so little chance of marriage.
Jane, another daughter. Nice and quiet.
Donough Brosnan, Jane’s intended for the last three years.
JJ Beglan O’Connell
Baby, yet another Geoghegan lass. Full of notions.
Aunt Ellen, Mrs Geoghegan’s sister-in-law. A bit cranky and full of schemes.
Sofia Gill Torrejon
George, the oldest Geoghegan son, and now the head of the family.
Peter, the classic neglected middle son. Nothing much one way or the other.
Denis, the youngest of all the Geoghegans, and his mother’s unashamed favourite. The ‘white-headed boy’.
Delia Duffy, his fiancée. Not as simple as she looks.
John Duffy, her father, and one of the solidest men in Ballycolman. His wife died some years ago. On every Committee going.