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  • Playwright

    Martin Lynch 

  • Setting

    Belfast's deep-water dockland in the early sixties.

  • Synopsis

    An idealistic young trade unionist attempts to reform the system by radical politics. He meets with opposition from reactionary elements within the union, and from older workers resentful of innovation in traditional methods. He is called a Communist and an agitator by union colleagues, and pays a high price for his adventurism.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Hughie McNamara Ian McElhinney
Jimmy Sweeney Mark Shelley
McKibben Mel Austin
John Graham Oliver Maguire
Jack Henry George Shane
Mary-Ann McKeown Maureen Dow
Sailor Peter Templar
Buckets McGuinness Louis Rolston
Barney Michael Gormley
Danny-boy McNamara Peter Quigley
Leg McNamara J.J. Murphy
Theresa Graham Stella McCusker
Sarah Montague Leila Webster
Production Team  
Director Sam McCready
Designer Sam McCready
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Sound Mike Blair
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Mike Blair
Assistant Stage Manager Dermot Boyd
Assistant Stage Manager Rose Morris
Set Construction Francis Morgan
Wardrobe Jean Crawford
Wardrobe Jacqueline Lamont

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Three Plays by Martin Lynch

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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Unpublished Scripts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

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Source Of Information

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