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The Last Burning


  • Playwright

    Patrick Galvin 

  • Setting

    A village near Clonmel in 1895.

  • Notes

    A note to the published script states that: "The play is based very loosely on events which took place in a village near Clonmel in 1895."

  • Synopsis

    When Michael's young wife Bridget does not have a child, he begins to suspect that she is possessed. Together with neighbours also suspicious that she is a changeling and capable of witchcraft, he decides she must go through a test of fire in the hope that his real wife will be returned to him. Fear and tension mount, and ultimately, tragedy results for the couple.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Michael John Hewitt
Bridget Linda Wray
Second Witch Stella McCusker
Straw Woman Stella McCusker
Villager Stella McCusker
Quilty J.J. Murphy
Blaney Louis Rolston
Flynn Maurice O'Callaghan
Fourth Witch Trudy Kelly
Villager Trudy Kelly
Foley Jack McQuoid
Third Witch Maureen Dow
Villager Maureen Dow
First Witch Biddy McGrath
Straw Man Biddy McGrath
Villager Biddy McGrath
Production Team  
Director Pat Brannigan
Designer Eddie Johnston
Lighting Michael Poynor
Sound Colin Johnston
Stage Manager Allan Mowat
Deputy Stage Manager Dorothy Clugston
Chief Technician Stephen Henbest
Costumes cut by Olive M. Clegg
Costume Construction Mary Newell
Costume Construction Heather Hutchings



  • 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 published script, and from the original production programme and press cuttings held at the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.