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Second-Hand Thunder


  • Playwright

    Joseph Crilly 

  • Setting

    Ballycharles, a small mid-Ulster town near Lough Neagh.

  • Synopsis

    Second-Hand Thunder is a drama that examines the interplay between the personal and the political in a small mid-Ulster town. Two pillars of the community - one a Protestant farmer, the other a Catholic solicitor - are locked in a deadly power struggle. When a young idealistic teacher attracts their attention through her cross-community work, a train of events is set in motion which haunts the community and the next generation to come.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Vincy McCrystal John Hewitt
Mark Abraham Gordon Fulton
Edith Rhymer Diane O'Kelly
Alexander Abraham Sean Kearns
Malcolm Abraham Kieran Lagan
Bernadette McCrystal Kate Casey
Robert Abraham-Rhymer Ciaran McMenamin
Production Team  
Director Stephen Wright
Designer Stuart Marshall
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Costume Designer Sherrie Scott-Keegan
Music and Sound by Jules Maxwell
Assistant Producer Angela McClune
Production Manager Marianne Crosslé
Technical Stage Manager Philip Bradshaw
Stage Manager Niall Cranney
Set Construction David Stuttard
Photography Phil Smith
Administrator Eamon Quinn

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Second Hand Thunder

  • 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

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.