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Facing North


  • Playwright

    John Boyd 

  • Setting

    The drawing-room of Cromwell House.

  • Synopsis

    Adam Grant is a farm owner and factory owner. His son's American girlfriend is abducted from the farm, but is released when she convinces her kidnappers that she is Catholic. Grant's home, Cromwell House, is under a compulsory purchase order to make way for a Catholic housing estate, and there is trouble at the factory when a worker hangs up a Union flag.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Donna Neroni Libby Smyth
Sarah Lucie Jamieson
Captain Ross Christopher Barritt
General Tamworth George Shane
Peter Grant John Keegan
Sir Kenneth McCann Jack McQuoid
Vera Grant Trudy Kelly
Jimmy Maxwell Peter Templar
Police Inspector Pat Brannigan
Adam Grant Louis Rolston
Alex Young David Coyle
Oliver Grant Toby Byrne
Albert Michael Duffy
Production Team  
Director Tony Dinner
Set Designer Shirley Bork
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Costumes Anne Whittaker
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Julia Carson Sims
Assistant Stage Manager David Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Mervyn Dougherty
Lighting Operator Trevor Dawson
Sound Operator Mervyn Dougherty
Set Construction Francis Morgan

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

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from contemporary press cuttings.