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Borrowed Robes


  • Playwright

    John Barrett 

  • Synopsis

    Set in Limerick in 1904 when tensions are high following the arrival of a small Jewish community. A young man leaves his seminary and takes up lodgings in a house owned by a Jewish widow. His superior is devastated to lose a student, but is further enraged when he discovers under whose roof he is now staying. Borrowed Robes is a tale of forbidden love set against a background of religious strife which became known as the Limerick Pogrom.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Fr. James Keane John Anthony Murphy
Sarah Levin Eileen Kennedy
Michael Burke Liam O'Brien
Joseph Burke Dermot Arrigan
Fr. MacNamara Mike Finn
Bishop Mike Finn
Bridget Catherine Bailey
Production Team  
Director Terry Devlin
Designer Terry Devlin
Lighting Designer Gerard Meagher
Costume Designer Jacquie Fitzpatrick
Sound Designer Tom O'Sullivan
Sound Designer Brendan Frawley
Lighting Assistant Aine Fox
Lighting Assistant Paul Lenihan
Administration Assistant Dorothy Hogan
Stage Director Michael Burke (2)
Assistant Stage Director Amy Burke
Assistant Stage Manager Mary Grace
Assistant Stage Manager Laurence Fenton
Assistant Stage Manager Deirdre Mulcahy
Assistant Stage Manager Grace O'Meara
Set Construction Grace O'Meara
Set Construction Pat Buckley
Set Construction Michael Burke (2)
Set Construction Lezczynski Stephen
Poster Designer Adrian Byrne
Poster Designer Clodagh Twomey
Photography Arthur Gough
Administrator Conor Nolan (1)
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Tim Barrett

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Drama League of Ireland

  • Address

    Mill Theatre
    Dundrum Town Centre
    Dundrum, Dublin 16
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)1 2969343

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by Island Theatre Company.