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The Informer


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Liam O'Flaherty

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the original novel by Liam O'Flaherty.
  • Setting

    The action takes place in Dublin in the early 1920s after the Irish Free State came into being.

  • Synopsis

    The Informer plots the hunting and execution of Gypo Nolan, a brutish individual who murders a prostitute and sells a comrade to his erstwhile foes - the Free-State forces.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Churchgoer Bernice Toolan
Churchgoer Phyl Horgan
Mixer's Wife Phyl Horgan
Frankie McPhillip Fintan McKeown
Sailor Fintan McKeown
Guard Fintan McKeown
Man in Door Seán Tóibín
Customer Seán Tóibín
Youth Seán Tóibín
Guard Seán Tóibín
Judge Seán Tóibín
Mulholland James Caffrey
Mr. Cassidy James Caffrey
Mrs. Foley Maura Keeley
Judge Pat Layde
Woman in Door Bernice Toolan
High Class Whore Bernice Toolan
Kitty Bernice Toolan
Judge Bernice Toolan
Publican's Wife Áine Ní Mhuirí
Mrs. Cassidy Áine Ní Mhuirí
Louise Áine Ní Mhuirí
Louisa Áine Ní Mhuirí
Writer Pat Layde
Fr. Conroy Pat Layde
Priest Pat Layde
Old Man Pat Layde
Hackett Gerry Sullivan
Publican Gerry Sullivan
Old Man Tom Laidlaw
Guard Tom Laidlaw
Man Tom Laidlaw
Gypo Liam Neeson
Guard Marie Conmee
Dan Gallagher Alan Barry
Gallagher Alan Barry
Katie Fox Barbara Brennan
Mary McPhillip Ruth Hegarty
Rat Mulligan Don Foley
Churchgoer Don Foley
Mixer Don Foley
Augustine Shortt Tom Laidlaw
Customer Paul Conway
Mr. McPhillip Gerry Sullivan
Old Man Gerry Sullivan
Mixer's Friend Charles Roberts
Mr. Foley Charles Roberts
Blind Musician Charles Roberts
Guard Charles Roberts
Mrs. McPhillip Marie Kean
Churchgoer Fidelma O'Dowda
Woman in Door Fidelma O'Dowda
Girl Fidelma O'Dowda
Connors Paul Conway
Evangelist Paul Conway
Policeman Don Foley
Production Team  
Director Tom Murphy (1)
Set Designer Wendy Shea
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costume Designer Joan Bergin
Costume Assistant Paudge Behan
Costume Assistant Ann O'Brien
Stage Manager Claire Cahill
Stage Manager Brian Treacy
Stage Manager Yvette Hally
Assistant Stage Manager Wendy Mooney
Set Construction Harry Page
Set Construction Tommy Bassett
Wardrobe Mistress Frances Boston
PR Gerry Lundberg
Photography Richard Dann
Make-Up Toni Delaney
Motorised Revolve Roger Hardwick and Co. Ltd
Hair by Anne Dunne

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.