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Blood Lines


  • Playwright

    John McClelland 

  • Notes

    Written for 8-11 year olds to support teaching about the Vikings at Key Stage 2 (UK curriculum) and also to explore notions of cultural identity and diversity.

  • Synopsis

    Freydis Godsdottir, her father and brother have settled on the shores of Larne Lough. They are Vikings, traders, outsiders. It is important that they gain the confidence and support of Celtic prince Niall O'Neill. Old enmities, mutual suspicions and fresh catastrophes lead inexorably to a dramatic conclusion. Blood Lines focuses on the impact of Viking culture on Christian Celtic Ireland and on the legacies the Vikings left behind which are still with us today.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast-doubling is possible. See original production for details.


  • Date of First Production

    10 February 1999

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at the Sacred Heart Primary School, Belfast as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
Freydis Godsdottir Donna Bainbridge
Aoife Morda Donna Bainbridge
Ulfrek Godwinsson Richard Croxford
Brother Turlough Richard Croxford
Brother Ciaran Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney
Olaf Yellowbeard Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney
Olaf Godwinsson Mike Carbery
Brother Brendan Mike Carbery
Niall Ui Neill Marty Rea
Sorley Boy Marty Rea
Production Team  
Director Janice Jarvis
Designer David Craig
Lighting Designer Roger Nicholson
Choreographer Anthea McWilliams
General Manager Ali FitzGibbon
Fight Director Michael Poynor
Composer Debra Salem
Company Manager Maureen Macauley
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Technician Debbie Rymer
Set Construction Jim Carson
Scenic Artist Bev Cutting
Costume Construction Louise Stewart
Sound Recording Green Dolphin Studios



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    John McClelland

  • Address

    1 Balfour Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original production material. Additional information was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.