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Tearing the Loom


  • Playwright

    Gary Mitchell 

  • Setting

    Near Tanderagee, Co. Armagh, in 1798.

  • Synopsis

    The Hamills and the Moores are neighbours. The Hamills join the Orangemen, but the Moores are divided. Son David is adamant that they should fight for their king, while daughter Ruth, who has forsaken William Hamill for United Irishman Harry, condemns the deeds of those who pay allegiance to England.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Ruth Moore Diane O'Kelly
Samuel Hamill Frank O'Sullivan
William Hamill Ruairi Conaghan
David Moore Miceal McBrian
Anne Moore Barbara Adair
Robert Moore Luke Hayden
Harry Tom Maguire
Production Team  
Director David Grant
Designer Gary McCann
Lighting Designer Wallace McDowell
Costume Assistant Jeanette Parkes
Fight Director Michael Poynor
Music by Neil Martin
Production Manager Wallace McDowell
Acting Stage Manager Eibhlin de Barra
Technical Stage Manager John Riddell
Deputy Technical Stage Manager James C. McFetridge
Deputy Stage Manager Rachel Foy-Smith
Deputy Stage Manager Simon Bird (1)
Set Construction Jim Carson
Costume Supervisor Anne Whittaker
Photography Jill Jennings

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

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  • Contact

    Gemma Hirst , Peters Fraser & Dunlop

  • Address

    Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street
    London WC2B 5HA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email


  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

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  • Contact

    Nick Hern Books

  • Address

    The Glasshouse, 49a Goldhawk Road
    London W12 8QP

  • Phone

    + (44 ) 20 8749 4953

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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