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Legacy of Delight

A farcical tragic-comedy


  • Playwright

    Hugh Quinn 

  • Setting

    Derrygowan House, Larkwood Villas and Shankill Road, Belfast, between 1936 and 1938.

  • Synopsis

    A play about the rise and fall of the McFall family. When Mrs McFall inherits a legacy, the family moves from Sardinia Street on the Shankill Road to Derrygowan House and the the garden-party set, much to the misery of Mr. McFall, who misses his old surroundings. Bit by bit, however, the legacy is lost, and the family descends back down the prosperity ladder until finally they find themselves back where they began.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
David McFall R.H. MacCandless
Mrs. Cassel de Windt Jill Ballintyne
Mr. Cassel de Windt Walter Brown
Boy Louis Gilbert
Mrs. Morell Gertrude Duffin
Mr. Morell Alfred Arnold
Watson J. Kenneth Hamilton
Margaret McFall Magdalaine Johnson
Mr. Pim John McDade
Martha McFall Min Milligan
Liza Jane McBey Jean Barrie
Alfie McCann Joseph Tomelty
Girl Jean Lloyd
Woman Rose Campbell
Production Team  
Sound Reproduction and Records by W. Erskine Mayne
General Manager Joseph Tomelty
Produced by R.H. MacCandless
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Effects Florence Lee
Chief Electrician Dan O'Connell (1)

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Source Of Information

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