The Big Fellah (play)

The Big Fellah is a play by Richard Bean about Irish-Americans in New York. The premier production is an Out of Joint and Lyric Hammersmith production, directed by Max Stafford-Clark and starting on 2 September 2010.[1]

Plot summary

The play is set in New York in 1972, where young fireman Michael Doyle decides to join the IRA to live up to his Irish heritage. Costello, the "Big Fellah" recruits Michael, wanting to use his apartment in The Bronx as a safe house for an escaped killer.[2] As the play continues, it is clear that someone in their circle is leaking information and can not be trusted.

Creative Team

Directed by Max Stafford-Clark
Designed by Tim Shortall
Lighting by Jason Taylor
Sound by Nick Manning


  1. Michael Billington "Daring safe-house drama shows the IRA through US eyes" The Guardian Tuesday 28 September 2010 p38
  2. The Big Fellah homepage, Out of Joint website, Accessed 17 August 2010
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