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Squinty & the Scotch Giant


  • Playwright

    John P Rooney 

  • Notes

    This play was written for 8-11 year olds and would be particularly suitable as a cross-community contact event. Squinty & the Scotch Giant is relevant to the cross-curricular themes of Education for Mutual Understanding and Cultural Heritage (UK curriculum).

  • Synopsis

    It is Easter Monday night, 15th April 1941, and Hitler's Luftwaffe is about to take Belfast by surprise. In a terrace house in the city three children and a baby are home alone. As the bombs begin to fall, a mysterious stranger arrives to watch over them during that dreadful night. Cuey and Trish think that he said his name was Finlay but Squinty thinks he said something else. Who is the mysterious stranger and why does he know so much about wars and battles? This is a play which, by entwining the story of the Belfast Blitz with tales of the legendary Finn McCool, examines the nature of war and conflict against the background of a cultural identity that is common to all.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Finn Peter Richey
Trish Jacqueline Magowan
Squinty Helen Trew
Cuey Robert Walker
Production Team  
Director Emelie FitzGibbon
Set Designer Frank Quinn
Producer Jan Branch
Costume Designer Naomi Conway
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Production Manager Maureen Macauley
Stage Manager Thomas Marshall
Company Artistic Director Brenda Winter

Unpublished Scripts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

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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.