In the first ever co-production between the Abbey Theatre and a dance company, CoisCéim fused its unique movement style with dialogue, bringing to life thirteen characters in a hopeless search for love and lust after Lent. Set in 1966, TOUPEES AND SNARE DRUMS charts a disastrous night at Dizzy Duffy’s dance hall, during the heyday of the show-band era.

Length: 75 mins

Choreographer David Bolger
Written By Gina Moxley
Composer Existing + Sound by Bell Helicopter
Set Design Francis O’Connor
Lighting Design Ian Sommerville
Sound Design Bell Helicopter
Costume Design Joan O’Clery
Original Cast Donal Beecher, Muirne Bloomer, Charlie Bonner, Anne Byrne, Cindy Cummings, Aideen Gohery, Tony Flynn, James Hosty, Raymond Keane. Sean Kearns, Paul McEneaney, Dave O’Meara, Christina Nelson
Hair and Make-up Designer: Val Sherlock
Photography Kip Carroll

Past Performances

11 September – 3 October 1998 | Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre | Dublin, Ireland
Other Performances
6-7 October 1998 | Belltable Arts Centre | Limerick, Ireland
9-10 October 1998 | Firkin Crane | Cork, Ireland
13-14 October 1998 | Siamsa Tire | Tralee, Ireland
16-17 October 1998 | Backstage Theatre | Longford, Ireland
20 October 1998 | Town Hall Theatre | Galway, Ireland


“It’s a cracking success on a number of levels” Sunday Independent

“Toupees and Snare Drums is a rewarding piece of theatre not least of all in its strong ensemble performances, its exuberant choreography, and its brash theatricality” The Tribune Magazine

“One of the most original, provocative and entertaining pieces of theatrical work in a long while” The Examiner