The Wake

Sets for Theatre




When morality goes out the door anything can happen!

It’s the nineties. It’s small town Ireland. Vera’s back.

The O’Tooles are at each other’s throats. Vera has inherited the family hotel. But what are her plans?

Alone in the world, she takes drastic action; locking herself in the hotel with her brother-in-law and Finbar Reilly her unlikely childhood sweetheart, in tow. ‘What other society, town, civilized country would put up with it?’

Welcome to the world created by legendary playwright Tom Murphy. For over 40 years, his plays have probed the Irish psyche. Our long-awaited revival of The Wake is a brilliant critique of the materialism of Irish life.

‘Comyn spurs set designer Paul O’Mahony and lighting designer Sinead McKenna to create perhaps their best work, pushing the Abbey’s resources towards stunning new displays.’ The Irish Times ?????

‘Philip Stewart’s compositions and sound design is deeply engaging and successful, adding mood and dimension…’ ?????

‘It would be impossible for Comyn to achieve this without a terrific cast, anchored by the electrically charged O’Sullivan, who is unfaltering in her pursuit of emotional truth.’ Sunday Business Post ?????

‘The most impressive part of this production is the acting, with Aisling O’Sullivan showing the frailty and vulnerability required for her role as the deeply troubled Vera.’ No More Workhorse


Paul previously worked as set designer at the Abbey Theatre on Town is Dead, Hedda Gabler, Major Barbara, The House, Pygmalion, Macbeth, The Seafarer, Fool for Love, Saved and Blue/Orange. Other set designs include Wuthering Heights, The Vortex, An Enemy of the People, Little Women and Faith Healer (The Gate Theatre), Breaking Dad and Underneath the Lintel (Landmark Productions), The Talk of the Town (Hatch Theatre Company, Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival 2012), Love and Money, Further Than the Furthest Thing, Pyrenees, Blood and The Country (Hatch Theatre Company), Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and Dublin Theatre Festival 2015), A View From the Bridge (Everyman Playhouse, Liverpool), The Importance of Being Earnest, Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer, Is this About Sex? and Don Carlos (Rough Magic Theatre Company), The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett), Medea (Siren Productions), Pineapple (Calipo Theatre Company), Celebrity (Peer to Peer Theatre Company), Black Milk (Prime Cut Productions), Benefactors (b*spoke Theatre Company), This is Our Youth, Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnon’s, Roberto Zucco, This is Not a Life, Pale Angel, Self-Accusation (Bedrock Productions), Hades, The Two Houses, The Green Fool, Epic (Upstate Theatre Project), Buddleia, The Clearing (The Lir Academy), Dodgems (CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival 2008), Grease (Cork Opera House) and Rusalka (Lyric Opera). Paul trained at Dun Laoghaire IADT and the Motley Theatre Design Course, London.


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