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Highly Efficient

A Comedy in Four Scenes


  • Playwright

    Patricia O'Connor 

  • Setting

    The village of Ballydim in Northern Ireland during the early 1940s.

  • Synopsis

    Margaret Henderson is an elementary school teacher in the Northern Ireland public school system, seeking to get her teaching diploma by working at Ballydim. As she struggles through her teaching practice, she encounters several major crises of confidence. These not only test her personally, but also point up searching questions for parents, the community and the education system itself.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mr Andrews R.H. MacCandless
Margaret Henderson Beatrice Duffell
Miss Burke Nora O'Rawe
William Davidson John F. Tyrone
Mary Davidson Jean Lloyd
Mr McFee Joseph Tomelty
Mrs Davidson Jean Barrie
John Scott John Reid
Production Team  
Sound Reproduction and Records by W. Erskine Mayne
General Manager Joseph Tomelty
Produced by R.H. MacCandless
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Chief Electrician Dan O'Connell (1)

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Highly Efficient

  • Year


  • Published By

    The Quota Press

  • Address

    Northern Ireland

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the published script, and from the original production programme and press cuttings held at the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.