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Amazing Grace


  • Playwright

    Michael Harding 

  • Setting

    The play is set in 1998.

  • Synopsis

    Amazing Grace tells the story of a group of Northern Irish women, both Catholic and Protestant, who come together to organise an ecumenical choir to perform at weddings in both churches. Daphne is a Methodist and plays the tambourine; Sheila belongs to a group that sings 'The Patriot Game' and 'The Boys of the Old Brigade' at funerals. Enter Eddie, a republican, and Tim, a detective from the RUC, both of whom are also roped into the project. When Eddie takes a beating and is visited in hospital by Tim, questions need to be answered all round.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Sheila Eileen McCloskey
Ailish Michèle Forbes
Father Murphy Des Nealon
Lake Des Nealon
Daphne Catherine Mack
Tim Tony Rohr
Eddie Michael Colgan (2)
Member of Parliament Jo Dow
Duff Jo Dow
Member of Parliament Ryland Teifi
Johnson Ryland Teifi
Production Team  
Director Brian Brady
Designer Joanna Taylor
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave O'Brien (2)
Composer Laura Forrest-Hay
Musical Director Laura Forrest-Hay
Musician Ellen Cranitch
Stage Director Collette Morris
Assistant Stage Manager Catriona Behan
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Programme Total Print and Design

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Harding

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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