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My Brother Tom

A Country Comedy in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    St. John Greer Ervine 

  • Setting

    Donaghreagh, "between the wars".

  • Synopsis

    A comedy in which Joe Luke's return as a prodigal son to his native family in Donaghreagh after twenty years away causes much excitement. Having originally left a trail of debt and ill-feeling behind him, Joe now must face the consequences. In the process, his family's affection, natural good will and prejudices are thoroughly tested - not least those of his kindly brother Tom.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Guest Barbara Adair
Mamie Patricia Calderwood
Martha Mahaffey Marion Crimmins
Arthur Chambers James Murphy (2)
Teeshie McBratney Mary O'Hanlon
Councillor James Luke, J.P. Patrick McAlinney
Lila Kernachan Gertrude Russell
Peter Connolly J.G. Devlin
Charlie Montgomery Laurence Beattie
Guest Gertrude Lennon
Aggie Elizabeth McKeown
Dr. George Thompson James Connolly (1)
Bob Jefferson Jack O'Malley
Sadie Luke Elizabeth Begley
Tom Luke R.H. MacCandless
Joe Luke Harold Goldblatt
Willie John Cobain J.R. Mageean
Rev. Ernest Mervyn Maurice O'Callaghan
Guest John Thompson
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
Lighting Brian O'Connor
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Produced by Harold Goldblatt
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Keenan
Effects Joan Keenan
Records and Reproduction W. Erskine Mayne
House Manager Maurice O'Callaghan

Published Scripts

  • Title

    My Brother Tom: a country comedy in three acts

  • Year


  • Published By

    Allen & Unwin

  • Address


Rights Information

Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from the company programme for the premiere production, the published play script, and from the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.