Dalkey Players present ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ by Sarah Ruhl


Abstract minimal setting;  various locations


Most of us are still addicted to our smart phones. Few of us have narrowly escaped the trap of text messaging and twitter obsessions. We live in an age with these seemingly magical devices that promise constant connection yet leave many of us feeling stranded.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age.
What’s it about?
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café…….
A stranger at the next table who has had enough…….
And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends!
So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, an oddball comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant and Pulitzer Prize finalist. This play is a moving and funny exploration of how, in the midst of our fragile lives, technology can both unite and isolate us, especially in our quest for true love.
Whimsical, wistful, and absurd, Dead Man’s Cell Phone brings us on a fantasy that is both funny and thought provoking.


A dead man, Gordon Dermot Byrne
A woman, Jean Maura Lavelle
The Other Woman/The Stranger Sarah Coughlan
Gordon’s mother, Mrs Gottlieb Lua McIlraith
Gordon’s widow, Hermia Claudia Stokes O’Dwyer
Gordon’s brother, Dwight Alan Nuzum


Director Emma Jane Nulty
Stage Manager Emma Mulligan
ASM Siobhan Caskie
Stage Ninja Dermot Byrne
Sarah Coughlan
Emma Mulligan
Lighting Design Barry Donaldson
Set Design Emma Jane Nulty
Sound Design Emma Jane Nulty
Sound SFX Tom McMahon
Costume Design Mary Rigney
Graphic Design Philip Murphy
Set Construction Siobhan Caskie
Brendan Dunne
Emma Mulligan
Emma Jane Nulty
Alan Nuzum

About The Group

Founded in 1976, Dalkey Players is based in the town of Dalkey in south County Dublin. Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday, September to May, Dalkey Players enjoys producing one act and full length plays to perform in the Dalkey Town Hall and other local venues. We also run a ‘Play Club’ – a book club that reads scripts weekly.
Dalkey Players were the Runners Up in the One Act Finals 2001, 2005 and 2009.
Their production of ‘Jane Eyre’ adapted by Polly Teale was RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Runner Up 2016.
Dalkey Players are delighted to be participating on the All Ireland Drama Circuit again this year.