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A new light comedy.


  • Playwright

    J.R. Mageean  Ruddick Millar 

  • Setting

    William Fawcett's drawing room in the suburbs of Belfast at the present time [1951].

  • Synopsis

    A light-hearted tilt at 'artiness', wherein wealthy Mrs Flossie Craig creates a salon in her father's conventional home. Aesthetes of all sorts and varying talents come to visit and exploit her generosity, while her servant Arty takes a wry view of them. He, however, has his own artistic dream, that of being a ballet dancer, and one evening, ballerina Hyacinth Heep comes to the literary gathering ...

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Susan Craig Barbara Adair
Miss Dooley Audrey Bell
Andy Watson J.G. Devlin
Arty James Young
Flossie Craig Elizabeth Begley
William Fawcett R.H. MacCandless
Seamus McGarrity Harold Goldblatt
Joe Cush J.R. Mageean
John Johnston Maurice O'Callaghan
Fanny McFeeters Margaret D'Arcy
Hyacinth Heep Catherine Sumerton
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
Lighting Brian O'Connor
Choreographer Lena King
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Produced by J.R. Mageean
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Keenan
Effects Joan Keenan
Records and Reproduction W. Erskine Mayne
Picture Parades and Souvenir Programme Design Rowell Friers
House Manager Maurice O'Callaghan

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Group Plays 1:Seven Comedies/ edited and introduced by Hugh Odling-Smee

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  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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Unpublished Scripts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 was taken from the original production programme, press cuttings and the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.