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Rough Beginnings


  • Playwright

    Robert Ellison 

  • Synopsis

    Set in and around a Belfast housing estate, Rough Beginnings explores the hopes and aspirations of young people in a hostile modern world. Gip gets a trial for an English football club, Jimmy, turned down by the navy because of colour blindness, cannot find a job while Anton, brain-damaged as a child, needs Gip to lead and guide him.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Anton Alan McKee
Gip Gerard Rooney
Pam Helen Trew
Jimmy Stuart Graham
Maggie Laine Megaw
Snazzer Peter Ferris
Production Team  
Director Roland Jaquarello
Designer Alison Bockh
Lighting Designer Roger Simonsz

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from contemporary press cuttings.