Corn Mill Theatre Group present ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ by Brian Friel


Fictional town of Ballybeg


Philadelphia Here I Come is a 1964 play written by Brian Friel. It centres around Gareth (Gar) O’Donnell’s proposed move to America. Gar is portrayed by two characters, Gar Public (the Gar that people see, talk to and talk about) and Gar Private (the unseen man, the man within, the conscience).It’s essentially about exile—the exile of emigration, the exile of emotional disconnect, the exile of choosing security over love and the exile of living fantasy rather than reality.


Madge Mulhern Maura Farrelly
Public Gareth (Gar) O’Donnell Derek O’Reilly
Private Gareth (Gar) O’Donnell Charles McGuinness
S B O’Donnell Raymond Hackett
Kate Doogan Grace Kelly
Senator Doogan Jim Williamson
Master Boyle Brian Reilly
Lizzy Sweeney Taragh Donohoe
Con Sweeney Sean McIntyre
Ben Burton Joe McManus
Ned Stephen Grey
Tom Ronan Ward
Joe Larry O’Halloran
Mick O’Byrne Brian Reilly


Director Killian McGuinness
Stage Manager Taragh Donohoe
Stage Crew Barry Nash
Noel Nash
Neville Patterson
Lighting Philip McIntyre
Assist Lighting Ailish Farrelly
Set Design Philip McIntyre
Decor Sinead O’Reilly
Taragh Donohoe
Sound Gus Hanley
Angela McCluskey
Make-Up Úna Ward
Photography, Poster and Programme Design Tony Fahy
PRO and Website Ronan Ward

About The Group

The Corn Mill Theatre has been competing on the festival circuit since the early 1970’s, initially under the name Carrigallen Community Players. They have won the All Ireland Drama Final in Athlone on three occasions: in 1998 with ‘Belfry’ by Billy Roche, directed by Killian McGuinness; in 2005 with ‘Stolen Child’ by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, directed by Seamus O’Rourke; and in 2014 with The Devil’s Céilí ’ by Philip Doherty & Kevin McGahern, directed by Ronan Ward.