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That Woman At Rathard

A New Ulster Play


  • Playwright

    Sam Hanna Bell 

  • Setting

    The comfortable kitchen of the Echlins two-storied farmhouse on the shores of Strangford Lough in 1912.

  • Notes

    Adapted by Sam Hanna Bell for the stage from his novel 'December Bride'.

  • Synopsis

    An adaptation by Sam Hanna Bell of his novel December Bride (1951). Sarah Gomartin and her mother come to work for the Echlin family, comprising a father and two brothers on a farm at Rathard. Crisis arises when Andrew, the father, dies, and Sarah continues to live with the two brothers, with an increasingly complex relationship developing between them.

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  • Cast Notes


Original Cast  
Sarah Gomartin Margaret D'Arcy
Hamilton Echlin Maurice O'Callaghan
Frank Echlin James Greene
Doctor Sproule Harold Goldblatt
Martha Gomartin Elizabeth Begley
Matt Crockart John F. Tyrone
Petie Sampson J.G. Devlin
Rev. Sorleyson James Boyce
Molly Crockart Kathleen Feenan
Sergeant Jamison Terence Pim
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
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


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