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On McQuillan's Hill


  • Playwright

    Joseph Crilly 

  • Setting

    An old Hibs Hall, on top of McQuillan's hill near Gentry, west of the River Bann.

  • Synopsis

    On McQuillan's Hill examines a number of traumatic days in the life of the hard-living, rural Ulster Maline family as Fra's early release from prison under the Good Friday Agreement coincides with the return of his long-emigrated sister Marian to McQuillan's Hill. This combination of events proves explosive both for the siblings and those around them, as memories of old deeds mix with present-day revelations encompassing sex, love and sectarian violence in a small community.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


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Original Production

Original Cast  
Dessie Rigg Kieran Lagan
Mrs Tymelly Helena Bereen
Theresa Maline Niki Doherty
Ray McCullion Sean Rocks
Loretta Maline Anne Byrne
Fra Maline Niall Cusack
Production Team  
Director Stephen Wright
Designer Houston Marshall
Lighting Designer James C. McFetridge
Producer Eamon Quinn
Costume Designer Louise Stewart
Sound Designer John Riddell
Assistant Producer Angela McClune
Production Manager Roger Nicholson
Production Manager Marianne Crosslé
Stage Manager Nuala Reilly
Stage Manager Claire Cogan
Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Holland
Set Construction The Workshop

Published Scripts

  • Title

    On McQuillan's Hill

  • 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

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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.