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Traitors in Our Way


  • Playwright

    Louis MacNeice 

  • Setting

    The bar in a small passenger steamer.

  • Synopsis

    Scientist Thomas Carstairs and his wife take a cruise as a rest cure. Amongst passengers who come on board at a port is one Roger Haffer, a high-ranking colleague of Carstairs who has defected behind the Iron Curtain, and who was a former lover of his wife. This leaves Carstairs with a dilemma: to expose him to security, or to keep Haffer's secret, as his wife still loves him. With the announcement that war has broken out, the question of whether Carstairs betrays his friend or his country assumes a very urgent importance.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Portia (Mrs. Carstairs) Margaret D'Arcy
Thomas Carstairs Denys Hawthorne
Bridie (Mrs. Ryan) B.J. Hogg
Haffer Harold Goldblatt
Fraser James Boyce
Dr. Constantine Ryan Charles Witherspoon
Norton George Harland
Production Team  
Director Harold Goldblatt
Settings by George McCann
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Stage Director Dan Fitzpatrick
Stage Manager 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Unpublished Scripts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

    David Higham Associates Limited

  • Address

    5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square,
    London W1F 9HA

  • Phone

    44 - 20 - 7437 7888

Source Of Information

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