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Minstrel Boys


  • Playwright

    Martin Lynch 

  • Setting

    West Belfast in the spring and summer of 1981.

  • Synopsis

    It is the year of the H-block hunger strikes. The Moores and the Marcellas are neighbouring families. The Moores' son, a promising footballer, is shot dead by a British soldier. The Marcellas' son, a first-wave internee, is selected as the next hunger striker in Long Kesh. The families' conflict of ideologies, and their reactions to the events of the spring and summer of 1981, force them to question staunchly held opinions.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Maggie Marcella Stella McCusker
Boyler Sam McNulty
Monica Aine McCartney
Brian William Calvert
Denis Eoin O'Callaghan
Jimmy Anderson George Shane
Seamus Moore Mark Mulholland
Carlo Marcella Louis Rolston
Rose Moore Barbara Adair
Eggcup Aidan McCann
Liverpool Fabian Cartwright
Production Team  
Director Patrick Sandford
Designer Ken Harrison
Lighting Designer Trevor Dawson
Production Manager Trevor Dawson
Stage Manager Rose Morris
Deputy Stage Manager Nick McCall
Assistant Stage Manager Louise Tischler
Assistant Stage Manager John Page
Set Construction Jim Carson
Wardrobe Mistress Jacqueline Berryman
Wardrobe Assistant Christine Sterritt

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Source Of Information

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