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Ballyfarland's Festival

An Ulster Comedy


  • Playwright

    St. John Greer Ervine 

  • Setting

    Various locations in Ballyfarland, in the immediate future.

  • Synopsis

    Ballyfarland's modest, upstanding grocer John McMichael accidentally captures burglar Red Dan and instantly finds himself locally famous. Seeing an opportunity, the town's leading citizens decide to embellish this fame further and put Ballyfarland on the map for tourism purposes. McMichael consequently finds himself described as a descendant of a Ballyfarland man who really won the American War of Independence. When the grocer has to stand for election to Parliament, however, he strives to preserve his integrity, and encourages his fellow-citizens not to vote for him, having to try to explain that he is quite content as he is.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
A Press Photographer J.J. Murphy
Kate Cairnduff Barbara Adair
Sergeant Galbraith Maurice O'Callaghan
Joe Stitt J.R. Mageean
John McMichael R.H. MacCandless
Sarah McMichael Elizabeth Begley
Red Dan John F. Tyrone
Mrs. Dunwoody Sheila Crawford
Alex Pottinger J.G. Devlin
Andrew Kernaghan Patrick McAlinney
Willie Semple James Boyce
Mrs. McKinstry Jean Lundy
Charles Shannon John J. O'Malley
Production Team  
Lighting Brian O'Connor
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Produced by Harold Goldblatt
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Keenan
Effects Joan Keenan
Records and Reproduction W. Erskine Mayne
House Manager Maurice O'Callaghan


  • Title

    Group Plays 1:Seven Comedies/ edited and introduced by Hugh Odling-Smee

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  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland



Information for this entry was taken from press cuttings, and from the original production programme held at the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.