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An Ulster Play of 1798


  • Playwright

    Thomas Carnduff 

  • Setting

    Belfast and Mountstewart in 1798.

  • Notes

    The Thomas Carnduff Archive is held as a special collection of Queen's University Belfast.

  • Synopsis

    A study of late eighteenth century Ireland, this play is chiefly concerned with the struggle between Lord Castlereagh and the Reverend James Porter, a Presbyterian minister who refuses all pressures to cease his campaign against contemporary Castle authorities.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Reverend James Porter Charles Fagan
Henry Joy McCracken R. Forsythe Boyd
Belle Martin Myrtle Adams
Captain Bradshaw Bruce Dawson
James Hope R.H. MacCandless
Alexander Knox Harold Goldblatt
Rosie Hope Nancy Cullen
Davie Charles E. Owens
Lord Castlereagh Richard Hayward
Lady Castlereagh Elma Hayward
Thomas Russell Raymond Thompson
Production Team  
Director Richard Hayward
Producer J.R. Mageean
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from the company programme, from press reviews of the premiere production, and from a reading of the playscript.