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The Rough and Ready Lot


  • Playwright

    Alun Owen 

  • Setting

    Set in the outbuilding of a monastery in a Spanish-American Republic shortly after the American Civil War(1860's).

  • Synopsis

    A group of mercenary soldiers are fighting a war in a Spanish American Republic shortly after the American Civil War. To win the war the Victor must capture a particular pass - which is dominated by a monastery, a monatery which may be of huge significance to the Catholic CHurch but which is also situated on sacred Indian ground. A decision needs to be taken - Destroy the Monastery and take the pass or....? The big question here is whether the destruction of a religious Shrine can be justified by military expediency.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    18 May 1959

  • Production Notes

    Produced by 59 Theatre Company, London by arrangement With Stanley Illsley & Leo McCabe.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    3Olympia Theatre

Original Cast  
Pablo Ronald Harwood
An Indian Woman Helen Montague
An Indian Soldier Wilfred Grove
Chica, an Indian Girl June Brown
Captain Kelly Jack MacGowran
Captain O'Keefe Patrick Allen
Captain Morgan Alan Dobie
The Colonel Rupert Davies
Production Team  
Director Casper Wrede
Set Designer Malcolm Pride
Director's Assistant Kenneth Cavander
PA to Director Juliet Bransbury
Stage Director Howard Baker
Stage Manager Herbert Carroll
Stage Manager Natasha Harwood
Assistant Stage Manager Helen Montague
Assistant Stage Manager Wilfred Grove
Set Painter Robert Heade
Chief Electrician Tom Connor
PR Kenneth Cavander
Secretary Dorothy Carr


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Felix de Wolfe

  • Address

    Manfield House,
    376-378 Strand,
    London, WC2R 0LR

  • Phone

    +44 - 020 - 7379 5767


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