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The Street


  • Playwright

    John Boyd 

  • Setting

    The east end of Belfast in 1932.

  • Synopsis

    The Downies are a working class family in Belfast during the Depression. Willie Downie is a trades union activist, and his wife a labour candidate: they scandalise the neighbours by soliciting the votes of Catholics as well as Protestants. Willie's brother Bob is a railwayman whose bookish son, Joe, seeks to better himself by education. Bob's wife Jane finds her solace through drink, and this costs her her life.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Elsie Linda Wray
Eddie Pat Brannigan
Jimmy Lemon Maurice O'Callaghan
Mrs McIlroy Catherine Gibson
Mrs McClure Margaret D'Arcy
Joe Liam Neeson
Willie Louis Rolston
Bob Downie Joe McPartland (1)
Alf Toby Byrne
Jane Stella McCusker
Skinny Des McAleer
Production Team  
Director Doreen Hepburn
Designer Eddie Johnston
Lighting Designer Allan Mowat
Design Assistant Jim Leinster
Stage Manager Allan Mowat
Deputy Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Assistant Stage Manager Ciara Draper
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Kelly
Assistant Stage Manager Dorothy Clugston
Sound Operator Allan Mowat
Set Construction Jim Carson
Wardrobe Muriel Florence
Wardrobe Helena Kaushal
Sound Recording Denis Reynolds

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Gavin Boyd

  • Address

    1 The Granary
    Down BT23 5FH
    Northern Ireland

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from the published text.