Characters
Playing ages given only as a guide. Most importantly the family must look chronologically possible. Irish accents essential for all except Gerry (and possibly Jack see below).

Michael
Narrates the action which is his memories of a summer when he was only 7. Conventionally he never appears as a child but speaks the words as the others act to an imaginary boy. It’s very important that he remains outside the action as it is his recollections that we are seeing.

Kate (40 – 50)
Is the oldest of the Mundy sisters. She is the most conscientious, responsible and conservative of them, the one who enforces the rules of traditional conduct. But beneath this conventional social identity, there lurk other impulses and energies. When the sisters begin their wild dance to the wireless, Kate engages in a pattern of action that is out of character and at the same time ominous of some deep and true emotion, suggesting that the woman who seems most deeply attached to the sequestered life of Ballybeg nurses a secret desire for her own escape.

Maggie (38 - 45)
Is the joker of the group, constantly teasing, loves to dance. A homemaker and the family “chef” she is the life of the play and keeps everyone from getting too annoyed with each other.

Agnes (35)
Loves to dance and is a good dancer. Has a very special relationship with her sister Rose to whom she feels a strong sense of duty and sisterly love. Is secretly infatuated with Gerry Evans and often comes to his defence. There is a hint to the hidden talents she possesses which are rarely exposed due to her lack of self confidence.

Rose (30 - 34)
Loves to dance but is a bad dancer. She is a bit simple, slow of thought and has a child-like personality. Easily wooed and a bit gullible she has a “relationship” with a married man with three children.

Christina (mid 20s)
The youngest of the five sisters, is the only one to have borne a child and have a long standing relationship with a man. Thus she has emotional ties outside the Mundy family. Although Gerry Evans is ultimately a failure as a father to Michael and a partner to Chris, he still inspires a kind of excitement in her that may be unknown to the other sisters.

Father Jack (50s).
As a priest Jack ought to embody all the orthodox values of traditional Ireland but paradoxically the priest in this play has become the heretic, affirming the sacredness of “love children”, the virtues of polygamy and the wisdom of the tribal religion of Uganda. He needs to look emaciated following illness in Africa but begins to look better as the play develops. His accent must also develop as the play goes on.

Gerry (30s).
An elegant charmer and good dancer (although he is unlikely to have to demonstrate anything but an ability to look as if he can dance). Gerry is a feckless wanderer and philanderer who has another family in Wales. Left Chrissie and his son Michael without any support or assistance now sells gramophones for a living. He is leaving Ireland to fight in the Spanish Civil War.