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The Great I Am


  • Playwright

    Brenda Winter 

  • Author Notes

    This play was devised by members of the NICOD Training Centre, Balmoral in conjunction with Replay Theatre Company and was scripted by Brenda Winter.
  • Notes

    The play was designed to tour to special schools, training units and day centres. It is aimed at a teenage audience but is suitable for age 7 upwards.

  • Synopsis

    Bobby Honeychurch is a very strange little boy. The Great Grand Wizard of Belfast Historical and Magical Society says he's the most talented junior member ever. Things get out of hand at home, however, and Bobby, now renamed The Great I Am, forswears his magic and leaves Belfast forever. Life on his own special desert island seems almost idyllic but the need for companionship catches up with him and he is tempted to use his powers once more. The result of this creative urge brings many difficulties, much anxiety but eventually great joy. The Great I Am is an allegory which uses music, puppetry and masks to examine the growing need of the disabled adolescent for independence.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    04 May 1994

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at St. Gerard's Educational Resource Centre, Belfast as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
Production Team  
Director Brenda Winter
Designer Frank Quinn
Lyrics by Debra Salem
Composer Debra Salem
Administration Assistant Irene Swift

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Replay Theatre Company

  • Address

    East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue
    Co. Antrim
    BT5 4FP
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0) 28 9045 4562

  • Email


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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.