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Into the Heartland


  • Playwright

    John McClelland 

  • Setting

    Whitehead, 1994.

  • Synopsis

    James, an ex-Northern Ireland Civil Service man, has lived his life taking a stern attitude to family and responsibility and living by the motto of doing what's best. Now at the end of his days and lonely, he relies on memories, ghosts and home-help Isobelle for company until Evie, his emigrated daughter, makes a rare visit. A bitter reunion results as they struggle to create a real relationship after years of estrangement, pain and lies.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
James Des Braiden
Isobelle Julia Dearden
Evie Linda Wray
John Barry Barnes
Production Team  
Director Stephen Wright
Designer Stuart Marshall
Lighting Designer John Riddell
Costume Designer Heather Long
Sound Designer Jules Maxwell
Stage Manager Marianne Crosslé
Technical Stage Manager Philip Bradshaw
Assistant Stage Manager Angela McClune
Photography Phil Smith
Outreach Officer Nuala Reilly
Administrator Eamon Quinn

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Into the Heartland

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Imperial Buildings, 72 High Street,
    Belfast BT1 2BE
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)28 9043 9313

  • Email


  • Website


  • ISBN

    0 9528425 0 5

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    John McClelland

  • Address

    1 Balfour Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published script, programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by Tinderbox Theatre Company.