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We Do It For Love

A Belfast play with songs and music


  • Playwright

    Patrick Galvin 

  • Setting

    The pubs and streets and homes of Belfast.

  • Synopsis

    A kaleidoscopic sequence of comic scenes from Belfast in the early days of the Troubles, centring on Moses Docker, who runs a merry-go-round in the city centre.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. The original production also featured four musicians and nine child actors. Members of the cast also played additional civilians.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Billy Castle John Hewitt
Undertaker Mark Mulholland
Constable Hammond Mark Mulholland
Barman Jack McQuoid
Loyalist Prisoner Jack McQuoid
Miss Fairchild Maureen Thornton
Private Williams Pat Abernethy
Preacher Paul Ridley
Private MacDonnell Paul Ridley
Civilian Maureen Dow
Musician Jimmy Fitzpatrick
Musician Billy McAlpine
Mrs Ryan Sheila McGibbon
Mrs Ellis Trudy Kelly
Rooney Bill Hunter
The Man in the Street John Hewitt
Mrs Castle Linda Wray
Gormley J.J. Murphy
Moses Docker Louis Rolston
Preacher Maurice O'Callaghan
Loyalist Prisoner Maurice O'Callaghan
O'Brien Pat Brannigan
P. H. Pearse Pat Brannigan
Musician John Anderson (1)
Private Evans Peter Templar
Sergeant Pitt Wilkinson
Musician Billy Rolston
Production Team  
Director Mary McCracken
Designer Clive Wilson
Lighting Designer Stephen Henbest
Costumes Olive M. Clegg
Costume Assistant Mary Newell
Sound Colin Johnston
Musical Director John Anderson (1)
Assistant Director Roy Heayberd
Design Assistant Roger Hannem
Stage Manager Stephen Henbest
Deputy Stage Manager Denise Deegan
Assistant Stage Manager Colin Johnston
Cartoonist Rowell Friers

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Three Plays by Patrick Galvin

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lyric Theatre

  • Address

    55 Ridgeway Street
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)28 9038 5685

  • Email


  • Website


  • ISBN


Unpublished Scripts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

    Clive Goodwin Associates

  • Address

    79 Cromwell Road
    London SW7

Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, promotional flyer and the published text.