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  • Playwright

    Patricia O'Connor 

  • Setting

    Craiton Rectory, and the residence of Mr. Simpson-Barnes.

  • Synopsis

    David Semple, a Church of Ireland clergyman, has dreamed for years of finding the money to establish Ulster Boytown, a home for unwanted boys. With the declaration of an election, and the decision of ambitious, wealthy Mr Simpson-Barnes to stand for election, Semple's dream suddenly becomes a distinct possibility. Only the persistent questioning of his spirited, independent-minded wife Anne on the topic of selfishenss stands in Semple's way - but Anne's queries prove very astute and difficult indeed.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
David Semple R.H. MacCandless
Anne Semple Elizabeth Begley
Mrs. Simpson-Barnes Beatrice Duffell
Mr. Simpson-Barnes Joseph Tomelty
Sam Smithson Walter B. Kennedy
Tom Hanna Robert Dempster
Mrs. Smithson Sheila Crawford
Miss Carter Peggy Clare
Production Team  
General Manager Joseph Tomelty
Produced by R.H. MacCandless
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Chief Electrician Dan O'Connell (1)
Records and Reproduction W. Erskine Mayne

Published Scripts

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  • Published By

    The Quota Press

  • Address

    Northern Ireland

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, from the published script, and from the Linen Hall Library Theatre Archive, Belfast.