The Sign of the Whale

by Jimmy McAleavey

Photography by Ciaran Bagnall

March 2010

Tinderbox presents a new pitch black comedy by Jimmy McAleavey.

Belfast 1977. Dermy, a headline writer neurotically compelled to remember every victim of violence, is on the brink of a breakdown. Tony, a Belfast teenager, is meanwhile on the brink of life amid a conflict that might never end.

Into their world of violent stalemate sails something preposterous, absurd and magical. A killer whale is seen in Belfast Lough. Has it come to be butchered itself, bring luck or bring further disaster to the city?

When the whale suddenly disappears, tragic circumstances bring Dermy and Tony together in a search to find it. Maimed by experience, their search becomes much more than for a hunt for the whale.

It’s their search for a future.

DIRECTOR
Michael Duke

DRAMATURG
Hanna Slattne

SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN
Ciaran Bagnall

COSTUME DESIGN
Diana Ennis

STAGE MANAGER
Tracey Lindsay

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Damien Cox

LIGHTING OPERATOR
James Kennedy

CAST
Miche Doherty
John Travers
Michael Condron
Mary Moulds