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Defender of the Faith


  • Playwright

    Stuart Carolan 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in Hackballscross, South Armagh, 1986.

  • Synopsis

    Depicting the violent and tragic consequences of Irish republicanism, 'Defender of the Faith' tells the story of a fractured family, entrenched in violent and uncompromising paramilitarism, which finally shatters when a senior figure in the IRA visits the farm to hunt out a suspected informer.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production, the part of Danny was played on alternate nights by two actors

Original Production

Original Cast  
Man Lalor Roddy
Barney Tom Hickey
J.J. Frank McCusker
Joe Gerard McSorley
Danny Shane Murray Corcoran
Thomas Laurence Kinlan
Danny Mark McGroarty
Production Team  
Director Wilson Milam
Designer Dick Bird
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Cormac Carroll
Fight Director Donal O'Farrell
Stage Director Audrey Hession
Assistant Stage Manager Pamela McQueen
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
PR Gerry Lundberg
Production Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Rehearsal Photography Paul McCarthy (2)
Casting Marie Kelly (1)
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth

Published Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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