A Whistle in the Dark

‘A brilliant production!’- Financial Times
‘Even if you have seen it already, it’s worth seeing again.’- Tuam Herald

Produced in association with the Abbey Theatre, A Whistle in the Dark introduces Michael Carney, an Irishman living in Coventry with his young wife, Betty. With ambitions of decent work and happy family life, he is relentlessly pursued by the past he has so desperately sought to leave behind. He has given lodgings to his three brothers as they establish themselves in England, but far from showing him gratitude for his generosity, he is treated with derision and terrorised in his own home.

Opening Night: July 14, 1987



  • Iggy Carney Peter Gowen
  • Des Carney David Herlihy
  • Michael Carney Mick Lally
  • Harry Carney Seán McGinley
  • Mush Johnny Murphy
  • Betty Corinne Ransom
  • Hugo Carney Maelíosa Stafford
  • Dada Godfrey Quigley

Creative Team

  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Designer Brien Vahey
  • Lighting Design Andy Phillips

Production Team

  • Production Manager Padraig O’Neill
  • Stage Manager Moya McHugh
  • Stage Hand Bernie Walsh
  • Set Construction Arena O’Hallorans Joinery
  • Scenic Artists Frank O’Connor, Jack Kirwan
  • Wardrobe Monica Ennis
  • Technician David Murphy
  • Technical Assistant Trevor Price
  • Properties Mary Devlin
  • Publicity & Programme Jerome Hynes
  • Programme Note Christopher Murray
  • Artistic Director Garry Hynes
  • General Manager Jane Daly
  • Administrative Assistant Maureen Hughes
  • Box Office Anne Butler