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Birth of a Giant

A play in three acts by Nora MacAdam

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Nora MacAdam 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in the kitchen of the Watson house, Buick Street, Belfast, in August 1855, and over the following three months.

  • Synopsis

    A time of change in the Belfast shipyards as they move from timber to steel construction, together with labour agitation, impinges on the lives of local people.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    4

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Mrs Larkin May Craig
Lily Watson Eileen Crowe
Ruth Watson Sheila Manahan
John Myers Denis O'Dea
James Cathcart Austin Meldon
Susan Larkin Kitty Thuillier
Pat Larkin John McDarby
Robert Watson William O'Gorman
Harry Moody J Prendergast
Tommy Mallin Charles FitzSimons
Production Team  
Lighting Udolphus Wright
Produced by Michael J. Dolan
Stage Manager Cecil Ford
Design Anne Yeats

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

    info@nli.ie

  • Website

    www.nli.ie

RIGHTS INFORMATION

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.