05 Aug–27 Aug

Letters of a Country Postman by John B. Keane (2022)

"Keane play has plenty of laughs" - The Echo


Letters of a Country Postman
Presented by The Everyman
Written by John B. Keane
Directed by Sophie Motley
5–27 AUG 2022 – The Everyman, Cork

The Everyman was proud to present this unique adaptation of John B. Keane’s Letters of a Country Postman as its summer show 2022.

“To be a successful postman you need the patience of Job, the sagacity of Solomon and the perception of Plato. You must be prepared to hear all, see all and say nothing.”

Your oul’ segocia Mocky Fondoo is sharing his long-learnt lessons in the ways of the post.

Over the course of an eventful summer, the colourful characters of the Ballyfee Postal District come to life in a brand-new adaptation for the stage of John B. Keane’s much-loved novella. With live music throughout, Letters of a Country Postman is a humorous fictional account of the exploits of a postman in rural Ireland, a love song to the postal system and its enduring importance today.

“Keane play has plenty of laughs” – The Echo

“witty, heartfelt and highly entertaining” – The Independent

“Keane’s piercingly accurate sketches of rural life, leavened with sharp humour and insight, were groundbreaking in their time and still hold up.” – Irish Examiner

“a welcome addition to the Keane canon” – The Munster Express


Mocky Fondoo / Storyteller Tadhg Hickey
Nance Nolan / Dick Cavill / Dogmeat Monsell / Storyteller Madi O’Carroll
Kitty Norris / Frank O’Looney / Bugler McNulty / Storyteller Chloe O’Reilly
Musician Danny O’Mahony
Cover Performer Darragh Feehely


Written by John B. Keane
Directed by Sophie Motley
Set & Costume Designer Pai Rathaya
Musical Director, Composer & Sound Designer Peter Power
Lighting Designer Stephen Dodd
Movement Director Inma Pavon
Voice & Accent Coach Irene O’Mara
Assistant Director Alison McCormack
Assistant LX Designer Jamie Feehily
Set & Costume DeputyFenna von Hirschheydt


Stage Manager Chris Hopcraft
Production Manager Ian Brown
Consultant Stage Manager Paula Tierney
Assistant Producer Aoife Clarke
Production Assistant Meg Ahearne
Sound Engineer Arran MacGabhann
Chief Electrician Gavin Kennedy
Everyone’s best canine friend Spoon
Photographer Marcin Lewandowski
Graphic Design Coolgrey
Senior Producer Naomi Daly

Post-Show Talk – TUE 16 AUG 2022

Linda Kenny led a post show talk on Tuesday 16 August.

Linda Kenny is a highly versatile singer, actress, writer, concert programmer and producer. And most familiar to The Everyman’s audiences for her work with the hugely successful Everyman Sunday Songbook series.
She is producer of the Great Singalong Songbook touring group, whose shows play to capacity audiences in theatres across Ireland.
She was Programme Director (2013-2017) for A Summer’s Evening on the Quad in UCC and has performed with many leading Irish orchestras including the RTE Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
In a previous incarnation, Linda completed a Masters Degree in English at University College Cork basing her studies on the plays of John B Keane. She also taught Business Communication Skills in UCC for three years. And subsequently worked as a book publicist with both Brandon Book Publishers, and at industry level, before establishing her own successful book-publicity agency, New Leaf Publicity. She had the honour of interviewing John B about his work in his home in Listowel.

Age recommendation: 12+


Tadhg Hickey
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Madi O’Carroll
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Danny O' Mahony
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Chloe O'Reilly
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Darragh Feehely
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Creative team

John B. Keane
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Sophie Motley
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Pai Rathaya
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Peter Power
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Stephen Dodd
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Inma Pavon
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Alison McCormack
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Jamie Feehily
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