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The Freedom of the City


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Setting

    The play is set in Derry on 10th February 1970.

  • Synopsis

    Set in Derry in 1970, in the aftermath of a Civil Rights meeting, the play conjures the events of Bloody Sunday two years later. Three unarmed marchers find themselves in the mayor's parlour in the Guildhall. Reports and rumours exaggerate their 'occupation' and they are shot by British soldiers as they leave. The play documents the victims' final hours and a subsequent tribunal of the inquiry into their deaths.

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Original Cast  
Judge John Kavanagh (1)
Dr. Dodds, Sociologist Pat Laffan
Soldier Niall O'Brien(1)
Skinner Eamon Morrissey
Soldier Colm Meaney
RTE Commentator Bob Carlile
Lily Angela Newman
Brigadier Johnson-Hansbury Clive Geraghty
Dr. Winbourne, Forensics Edward Golden
A Police Constable Geoff Golden
Michael Raymond Hardie
Ballad Singer Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Army Press Officer Emmet Bergin
Priest Ronnie Walsh
Professor Cuppley Derek Young
Soldier Dermot Crowley
Melodeon Player Dinny O'Brien
Production Team  
Director Tomás Mac Anna
Designer Alan Barlow
Lighting Leslie Scott
Sound Nuala Golden
Assistant Designer Gerard Crosson
Production Manager Seán Hurst
Stage Director Bill Hay
Props Assistant Consolata Boyle



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme