Printer Friendly

God's Gentry


  • Playwright

    Donagh MacDonagh 

  • Setting

    The little village of Knockaderry. The present.

  • Synopsis

    A verse comedy about 'God's Gentry', people who travel about the countryside and live a carefree life of celebration. Taking over the country for a year's carousal, they select the ancient God Balor to become their President, and he comes out of 1500 years' rest to preside over the good times. When stocks of food and drink run low, however, Balor is rejected, and the old order is eventually restored.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Marks Mongan James Greene
Sergeant James Ellis
Nora Melody Patricia Calderwood
John Melody Terence Pim
Guard G.A. Charters
Balor of the Evil Eye Hubert R. Wilmot
Mary Melody Molly Fenton
Harry Ward John Hobson
Petronius Ward James C. Johnson
Molly Ward Joan Moore
Meg Ward Eileen O'Brien Peters
Mogue Ward John Burke
Betsy Connors Isabel Gamble
Adolf Ward Michael Hanley
Production Team  
Set Designer J. Kenneth Jamison
Lighting Hubert R. Wilmot
Arrangement of songs and music Eileen O'Brien Peters
Production by Hubert R. Wilmot
Stage Manager John Burke
Assistant Stage Manager Michael Hanley
Set Painter J. Kenneth Jamison
Chief Electrician Fintan Vallely
Business Manager Dorothy M. Wilmot



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.