The Children of Lir • TYA • World Tales

Adapted from Irish folk lore by Genevieve Aichele

A very early step-mother story, this time out of jealousy for the love of Lir, her husband, being lavished on his children of Oifa’s deceased sister, Ove, she turns them into swans to live nine centuries away from those they love. Her treachery is found out and her High King father, Dearg, turns her into a Demon — that which she feared most. As their lives as swans would end when the Prince of the North married the Princess of the South, so, too does this story end with the Children of Lir reunited in life before they are united in death.

Part of the TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD SERIES


PLAY DETAILS:

  • TYA
  • 4f, 7m, 6-10 either
    • Narrator 1(M)
      Narrator 2 (F)
      Lir, one of the Five Kings of Ireland (M)
      Ove, older daughter of Dearg (F)
      Dearg, High King of Ireland (M)
      Fionula, Lir and Ove’s eldest (F)
      Aed, Finoula’s twin brother(M)
      Fiachra, third child of Lir (M)
      Conn, fourth child of Air (M)
      Oifa, Dearg’s younger daughter (F)
      Mac Howg, the Hermit (M)
      Deoch, Princess of Munster (F)
      Lairgnen, Prince of Connaught (M)
      Elementals (4-8) play Foster Daughters, members of the High Court, wind, sea, etc.
  • Settings: 6 interiors and exteriors across the Emerald Isle
  • Fantasy Costumes and Traditional Irish dress
  • About 20 minutes
  • ORDER #3141

PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of this play: Children of Lir PERUSAL
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

PURCHASE REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.)

  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3141a : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3141d : $20




  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3141e : $20




  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.




PRODUCTIONS

  • Youth Repertory Company, New Hampshire Theatre Project, Portsmouth, NH
  • Story Theatre Camp, New Hampshire Theatre Project, Portsmouth, NH

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

Clever Manka
Adapted from Irish Folk Lore

by
Genevieve Aichele

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
The Children of Lir is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


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