By Kate Mulvany
Director Iain Sinclair

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 20 Feb – 30 Mar 2008

    The Seed started out years ago as a novel Kate Mulvany was writing about her family. But Kate’s laptop got stolen and she lost everything except a few scraps about crayfishing with her dad. In 2004, Kate gave us those few scraps and we gave her the Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award. By 2007 the scraps had become a small miracle of a show at Belvoir St Downstairs as part of our B Sharp Season. So this mighty little play grew up at Belvoir St and we were proud as punch that it took its place Upstairs in 2008.

    Meet Rose Maloney. Her dad Danny went to Vietnam. Her grandfather Brian is ex-IRA. Today is their collective birthday. From this intimate reunion, The Seed opens itself up over and over again until a silent family battle becomes a national story about finding new life amongst the rubble of old wars. This play has a very special kind of honesty and humour to it which sorts the great lies we buy into from the reality we live through.

    Iain Sinclair’s beautiful production boasted three wonderful actors at their finest: Danny Adcock, Kate Mulvany and the legendary Martin Vaughan (who leapt out of retirement to play the gorgeous old bully Brian). That well-known theatrical green thumb Neil Armfield joined the party to lend his hand for the Upstairs repotting.


    By Kate Mulvany
    Director Iain Sinclair
    Set & Costume Designer Micka Agosta
    Lighting Designer Matt Cox
    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin


    Danny Adcock
    Kate Mulvany
    Martin Vaughan

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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