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Good as Gold


  • Playwright

    Martin Murphy 

  • Author Notes

    Good as Gold was developed through a devising process after consultation with various schools.
  • Notes

    A play for primary school students.

  • Synopsis

    The play deals with the subject of difference – cultural, physical, and intellectual - by taking the pupils on an interactive journey to the time of the Wild West in America. By enrolling them as characters in a 19th-century story, Good as Gold brings the children face to face with problems of relevance to their own lives. Why does Johnny, a young Irish settler in a new country, behave in such an anti-social way? Why should a difference in someone's ability provoke a hostile reaction from their contemporaries? Why should a difference in cultural background create problems for the majority of the community?

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    02 March 2001

  • Producer

    Produced by TEAM Educational Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed as part of a tour to schools.

Original Cast  
Lally Sinead Douglas
Springtime Sinead Douglas
Johnny Richie McEntee
Yellow Wolf Dara Clear
Mr Clarke Dara Clear
Sarah Joy Florish
Bill Farlin Conor O'Neill
Production Team  
Director Martin Murphy
Designer Carol Betera
General Manager Jackie Ryan
Lyrics by Martin Murphy
Music by Mark O'Brien (2)
Design Assistant Sabine Dargent
Production Manager Roy Murray
Stage Manager Mairtin Lane
Administrator Emmanuela Papasotiriou

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    TEAM Educational Theatre Company

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    TEAM Educational Theatre Company

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the teachers' information pack for the original production.