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Mrs. Martin's Man

Adapted by John Boyd from St. John Ervine's novel of the same name.


  • Playwright

    John Boyd 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    St. John Greer Ervine

  • Setting

    The living room of Martha Martin's home in an Ulster seaside town in 1900.

  • Synopsis

    Ineffectual and headstrong, James Martin walks out on his wife and child following an affair with his wife's younger sister. Some 16 years later he returns, with consequences both for himself and his family. Wife Martha has since become a thriving shop-keeper, and he has a grown-up son Johnny and a teenage daughter Agnes, born after he departed. Though James complains bitterly of the life he has had in the meantime, and seems unchanged, Agnes beings to wake in him a sense of genuine fatherly love and affection.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Esther Mahaffy Margaret D'Arcy
Henry Mahaffy J.R. Mageean
Martha Martin Elizabeth Begley
James Martin Patrick McAlinney
Jane Jean Lundy
Agnes Kathleen Feenan
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
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

Unpublished Scripts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

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Gavin Boyd

  • Address

    1 The Granary
    Down BT23 5FH
    Northern Ireland

Source Of Information

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