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The Farmer Wants a Wife

A comedy in three acts


  • Playwright

    Patricia O'Connor 

  • Setting

    Bryson's Farm, Markhinch, Co. Down.

  • Synopsis

    When elderly bachelor Frank Bryson inherits money and a farm from his Uncle Davy, he decides to follow a family pattern and stay single. With no family of his own, everything will be left for inheritance in due course to his own nephew, John. But John is unhappy at this; impatient to marry his sweetheart Margaret and settle down, he decides to emigrate to Australia and earn to carry out his plans. Margaret herself has plans, however, and refuses to wait at home for an emigrant. Instead, she tries to force the issue by changing the established family patterns, and little by little others begin to share her opinion.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Rose Entwhistle Margaret D'Arcy
Emma Wylie Irene Bingham
Mrs. Hepburn Elizabeth Graham
Robert Hepburn J.G. Devlin
Mrs. Marsh Nancy Vaughan
Mrs. Black Elizabeth Begley
Mr. Marsh R.H. MacCandless
Mr. Appleton J.R. Mageean
John Bryson James Greene
Frank Bryson Maurice O'Callaghan
Margaret Wylie Kathleen Feenan
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Produced by R.H. MacCandless
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

    The Farmer Wants a Wife

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  • Published By

    H.R. Carter Publications Ltd.

  • Address

    2 Marcus Ward Street
    Northern Ireland

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Source Of Information

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