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  • Playwright

    Eugene McCabe 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the original television drama by the same author.
  • Setting

    The McAleer's cottage, townland of Drumgrone, mid-Monaghan, and Inver Hall.

  • Synopsis

    In the kitchen of a small farmhouse, two leading Provos are preparing for a mission. Meanwhile the two sons of the house take leave of their bed-ridden mother, who is proud of their skill at clock-making - and bomb-making. A retired army colonel, his alcoholic wife, their daughter and neighbours are relaxing at home after dinner when the Provos burst in and take them hostage.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    One character, British Officer, is a voice off.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Martin Leonard Ian McElhinney
Harriet Armstrong Blanaid Irvine
Millicent Armstrong Eleanor Methven
Colonel Norbert Armstrong Brendan Barry
Stuart Caldwell George Shane
British Officer Peter Templar
Rosie McAleer Catherine Gibson
Canon John Plumm Louis Rolston
Jack Gallagher Liam Halligan
Pacelli McAleer Noel McGee
Pascal McAleer Peter Quigley
Bella Lynam Stella McCusker
Alex Boyd-Crawford Paul Stewart (1)
Production Team  
Director Jim Lynch
Set Designer Monica Frawley
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

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

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Source Of Information

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