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Borstal Boy


  • Playwright

    Frank McMahon 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Brendan Behan

  • Author Notes

    Based on Brendan Behan's autobiographical novel.
  • Setting

    Set in a Borstal in Britain.

  • Synopsis

    Tells the story of Behan's time in a British Borstal.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    12 actors included in the programme without character names are not listed here.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Tom Meadows John Kavanagh (1)
Cragg Pat Laffan
Knowles Jim Bartley
Policewoman Joan O'Hara
Jock Des Cave
The Elder Behan Niall Tóibín
Chawlips Eamon Morrissey
Ken Jones Niall Buggy
Warder Arthur O'Sullivan (2)
Policeman Seamus Newham
Parry Seamus Newham
Joe Bob Carlile
Mrs. Gildea Kathleen Barrington
Sheila Máire Ní Ghráinne
Cook Harry Brogan
Library Warder Harry Brogan
Governor Bill Foley
Padre Bill Foley
Warder Clive Geraghty
Rivers Clive Geraghty
The Sergeant Philip O'Flynn
Governor Desmond Perry
The Inspector Desmond Perry
Harty Chris O'Neill
Shaggy Paddy Long
Callan Patrick Dawson
Prison Chaplain Pat Layde
Tessie O'Shea Pat Layde
Young Brendan Behan Frank Grimes
Detective Vereker John Richardson
Welsh Warder John Richardson
Dale Robert Browne
Charlie Milwall Vincent Dowling
Landlady Peggy Hayes
Tubby Ritchie Stewart
Brownie Tony Hayes
James John Byrne (1)
Voice of the Judge Ian Priestley Mitchell
Lavery Michael Campion
Production Team  
Director Tomás Mac Anna
Set Tomás Mac Anna
Lighting John Wyckham
Costumes Ann McCabe
Sound Terry Gallivan
Sound Máire Ní Ghráinne
Assistant Director Vincent Dowling
Stage Director Paddy Long
Stage Director Mary O'Gorman
Stage Manager Joe Ellis

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Borstal Boy

  • Year


  • Published By

    Samuel French Inc

  • Address

    45 West 25th Street - Dept.W
    New York

  • Phone

    + 1 212 206-8990

  • Website


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Deirdre McMahon

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.