Playography is currently undergoing an essential rebuild, technical update and maintenance. All updates are on hold until the rebuild is complete. We are continuing to work hard in the background and are still accepting submissions which will be complete in Autumn 2023. For more information visit ITI's website.


Printer Friendly

The Rebellion in Ballycullen

A play in three acts by Brinsley McNamara


  • Playwright

    Brinsley MacNamara 

  • Setting

    Ballycullen, a town in the Irish Midlands during a night in Winter, 1917; an afternoon in Spring, 1918; an evening in Summer, 1918.

  • Synopsis

    In the aftermath of the 1916 Rising the lives and political sympathies of a small-town community are exposed when a young writer returns from college in Dublin to write a book on his home town.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Peter Forde Eric Gorman
Alan Forde Arthur Shields
Gilachrist O'Hanlon Peter Nolan
Esther Forde Irene Kelly
Maureen Harman Cathleen Murphy
Anne Forde Helena Molony
Production Team  
Produced by Arthur Shields


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Weldon

  • Address

    16 Eglinton Wood
    Eglinton Road, Donnybrook
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 283 9838


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.