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My Silver Bird

Our flags will bloom like flowers


  • Playwright

    Patrick Galvin 

  • Author Notes

    The original programme credits My Silver Bird as an entertainment devised by Mary O'Malley. Patrick Galvin is credited with Play and Lyrics.

  • Synopsis

    Some of the adventures in the colourful life of the historical figure Grace O'Malley or Granuaile: her politically expedient marriage; her courtship of Queen Elizabeth I's deputy; her imprisonment in Dublin Castle for treason, murder and piracy; and her meeting with the English queen.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. The original production also numerous dancers, singers and children and the cast played various other sundry parts.


Original Cast  
Grace O'Malley Stella McCusker
Owen J.J. Murphy
Bagnell J.J. Murphy
Earl of Howth Toby Byrne
Maguire Toby Byrne
Medoc Toby Byrne
British Officer Toby Byrne
Dancer Josephine Mulvenna
O'Madden Michael Gormley
Brother Thomas Michael Gormley
Harper Louis Rolston
Jailer Louis Rolston
Abbot of Murisk Maurice O'Callaghan
Richard Burke Pat Brannigan
Sreet Singer Pat Brannigan
Ensign Jones Peter Templar
Sergeant-at-arms Peter Templar
Elizabeth I, Queen of England Trudy Kelly
MacWilliam Jack McQuoid
Archbishop Loftus Jack McQuoid
Mayor of Galway George Shane
British Officer George Shane
Margaret Margaret McCann
Sir John Perrot Jonathan Izzard
Lord Bingham Brendan Barry
Sheeva Candy Devine
Lady Bingham Patricia Martin
Earl of Howth's son Roger McClenahan
Earl of Howth's son Hugh Odling-Smee
Soldier Dermot Boyd
Girl Sharon Smyth
Dancer Raymond Blaney
Dancer Treasa Boyle
Dancer Hugh Cowan
Dancer Brian Lavery
Dancer Bernadette McGuigan
Dancer Bernadette O'Reilly
Singer Jim Jones
Singer Ronnie Moore
Singer Tom Richardson
Musician Tom Ginley
Musician Aileen Walsh
Musician Maurice Cavanagh
Musician Sylvia Gray
Musician Jack May
Musician Trevor Stewart
Musician Manus O'Boyle
Mistress Fitz-Dominic Eleanor Methven
Production Team  
Director Mary O'Malley
Director Conor O'Malley
Set Designer Patrick Murray
Lighting Designer Michael Poynor
Costume Designer Patrick Murray
Costume Designer Olive M. Clegg
Sound Mike Blair
Choreographer Anna McCoy
Composer Peadar O'Riada
Musical Director Manus O'Boyle
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Mike Blair
Assistant Stage Manager Dermot Boyd
Assistant Stage Manager Rose Morris
Lighting Operator Trevor Dawson
Set Construction Francis Morgan
Costume Construction Olive M. Clegg
Costume Construction Jean Crawford
Costume Construction Jacqueline Lamont


  • Contact

    Clive Goodwin Associates

  • Address

    79 Cromwell Road
    London SW7


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Clive Goodwin Associates

  • Address

    79 Cromwell Road
    London SW7


Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from contemporary press cuttings.