“Shakes Versus Shav”

A Puppet Play

By Bernard Shaw



Colm Meaney as Shav

Derek Jacobi as Shakes


Directed By Damian Farrell & Gerry Hoban


Screenplay by Gerry Hoban


Produced By Damian Farrell, Marth Maloney, Elainge Gallagher



Ronnie Le Drew, Claire Roi Harvey, Colin Purves, Damian Farrell


Editor Fernando de Juan


Music Composer Giles Packham


Sound Design & Mix Shane O’Toole


Master Puppet Builder Darry Worbey


Marionette body & rod puppets Stephen Foster


Costume Design Xenia Benith


Photogrammetry Scanning Scott Riley


Puppet designs inspired by the work of Waldo & Muriel Lanchetser and Jack Whitehead


Director Of Photography Richard Kendrick


Production Design Fiona Cunningham


Production Manager Elaine Gallagher


Production Assistant Joshua Quigley Power



Cam Operator Emmet Harte 

Cam Operator Paul Curran

Gaffer John Wenman

Assistant Camera Tom Reynolds

Assistant Camera Dan Charlton

Sparks Tommy Gardner

Audio Engineer Maher-Woo Shear

Sound Recordist Jack Sandham

Hair & Makeup Oonagh O’connor

3rd A.D. Alex Conway



Focus Puller Stephen Hayden

Assistant Camera/Dit Cathal Mac Reamoinn

Gaffer Padraig Conaty

Sparks Finn Rankin

Trainee Video Assist Susanne Evers

Bts / Documentary Camera Matthew Rose-Nel


Sound Recording / Playback Graham Newcombe

Sound Recording / Playback Ross Carew

Standby props/Propsmaker Noel Mcentee

Scenic Artist Sandra Butler

Scenic Artist Sue Crawford


Assistant Puppet Wrangle Saoirse Carey

Assistant Puppet Wrangler Saoirse Whelan

Mould & Casting Robert Allsopp & Associates

Laser Cutting Michael Rose-Nel


Construction Manager Declan Ryder

Construction George Tutu

Staging Paul Vickery

Drapes Drapes World


Production Runner Beatrice Lent


Catering Fresh & Yummy Ltd

Audio Post Production Gorilla Post Production

Audio Post Supervisor Emmaline Dowling

Assistant Sound Design Sam Bannon

Picture Post Production Outer Limits

Picture  Post Supervisor Mary Burke

Online Editor Rory Gavin

Colourist Ciara Gallogly

Titles & Graphics Caboom


Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland

Chief Executive Désirée Finnegan

Deputy Ceo Teresa Mcgrane

Production & Distribution Manager Emma Scott

Marketing & Communications Louise Ryan

Business & Legal Executive Aileen Mccauley

Legal & Business Affairs Cian Mcelhone

Development Executive Eimear Markey

Production Accountant Sue Henderson

Section 481 Advisor Elaine Gill

Auditors Brophy Gillespie

Legal Philip Lee

Insurance Media Insurance


RTÉ Acquisitions Brian Walsh & Alison Crowther


Produced with the support of incentives for the Irish Film Industry

provided by the Government of Ireland


Filmed on location at:

D-Light Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Metropolis Studios, London, England

shaw’s corner, hertfordshire, England

Darryl Worbey Studios, Bedford, England


Archive footage used under licence from AP Archive / British Pathé / Movietone

Lanchester photos courtesy of The National Puppet Archive

Book covers featured courtesy of Penguin Random House


With thanks to:

Gary O’Sullivan & Sarah Hanna, Accelerate Management

Giacomo Palazzo & Kate Morgan, Independent Talent

Karen Hodge, Lisa Richards


The Shaw Society

Dr. Anne Wright C.B.E

Dr. Martin Wright


The Society Of Authors


Sarah Payne, Film & Locations Executive, National Trust

Rebecca Whitmore & Jamie Bailey-Smith, Shaw’s Corner


Michael Dixon, National Puppet Archive


Funded By:

Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland


Coimisiún na Meán


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