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Finding Violet

22nd October 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Woman who Shot Mussolini

Writers:  Suzanne Walshe, Padraig Denihan and Ray Murray

Directed by Valerie Greene


Room 1
Character Name Role Cast
Violet Gibson (33 yrs) Violet Gibson Ellen Corcoran
Leonard Ross Fiancé of Violet Vincent Casey
Enid Dinnis Companion of Violet Anna Paula Cury
Mistress of the Cello Mistress of Violet’s mind Suzanne Walshe
Room 2
Character Name Role Cast
Violet Gibson (50 yrs) Violet Gibson Geraldine Maguire
Epifanio Penetta  Chief Superintendent Marcos Isla
Room 3
Character Name Role Cast
Violet Gibson (74 yrs) Violet Gibson Muriel Caslin O’Hagan
Constance Gibson Sister of Violet Mary O’Maolmhuire
Orderly Asylum Orderly Deaglan Page
Mussolini Asylum Inmate Philip Gleeson

The Irish aristocrat Violet Gibson, 5-foot-1 with long greying hair, at fifty was an unlikely assassin.

On April 7, 1926 she shot Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. She was the only would be assassin to actually hit the dictator, grazing his nose with her bullet. Nobody knows if Gibson acted alone. Her ultimate fate is hauntingly sad.

Together the director, writers and actors will explore the character of Violet through a synergetic process culminating in performance presenting Violet through the different stages of her life.

The Debutante. The Assassin. The Madwoman. Underscored by a soundtrack which unveils her state of mind.

No prior booking.

Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

There will be no interval.

Running time approximately 75 minutes.

There will be a Q&A session with the Director and Writers after the show.


22nd October 2022
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Teachers’ Club
36 Parnell Square West
Dublin, Dublin D01 T6V6 Ireland
085 843 2881
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Dublin Shakespeare Society
+353 85 843 2881
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