A Man of No Importance



Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Part of the Sedos Summer Festival

23-27 July 2013

What we had was something.
What we had was rare.
Poetry and art in the air.
And friends…

In Dublin in 1964, bus conductor and Oscar Wilde fan Alfie has ambitions to stage Salome, despite the objections of the church hierachy at St Imelda's, where his amateur theatre group is based. When a newcomer to town, Adele, joins his passengers, he realises he has found the right person for the title role and starts to assemble his cast.

Meanwhile Alfie's sister Lily mistakes her brother's interest in Adele as romantic - she longs to have him off her hands so she can be free to marry. Little does Lily realise that Alfie's love "dare not speak its name" and the object of his affections is in fact bus driver Robbie.

As opening night draws near, secrets come spilling out which threaten to shake this little community to its core. But camaraderie and the redeeming power of theatre offer a thread of hope in this story of friendship, forbidden love and finding our place in the world.


ALFIE BYRNE | James Franey
LILY BYRNE | Chloë Faine
ROBBIE FAY | Rick Woska
ADELE RICE | Sarah Shephard
BALDY | Paul Francis
CARNEY | Paul Cozens
ERNIE LALLY | Stephen Beeny
MRS PATRICK | Deborah Lean
MISS CROWE | Maggie Robson
MRS CURTIN | Lucy Allenby
MRS GRACE | Charlotte Price
SULLY O'HARA | Edward Mann
BRETON BERET | David Leigh Delport
RASHER FLYNN | Andrew Macpherson


DIRECTOR | Matt Gould
MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Inga Davis-Rutter
PRODUCER | Pippa Roome

As an example of total theatricality, I think it is very hard to better this show… the whole cast demonstrated a particularly high standard of singing and the accents were accurate (I commend Sedos for seeking help with this often-overlooked aspect) and consistent… in summary this was a very fine production of this very fine musical.

A Man of No Importance, 2013, Sardines

The show is very much an ensemble piece, and it seems invidious to single out single performances, when there really isn’t a weak link in the cast… Congratulations to all involved.

A Man of No Importance, 2013, The Gay UK

Bridewell Theatre

  • Tuesday 23 July 2013 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 July 2013 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 July 2013 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 July 2013 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 July 2013 2.30pm
  • Saturday 27 July 2013 7.30pm