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The Jerry Builders


  • Playwright

    William Paul 

  • Notes

    The cast and character lists for this entry are drawn from reviews of the premiere productions. As such, they should be taken as approximate.

  • Synopsis

    A play about a loveless marriage between gloomy businessman Robert Grainger and his former employee Mary Crichton. Mary lives a life of drudgery, as Grainger and his daughter Eve make her life a misery. She endures it, unable to bear the thought of returning to life as a poor wage-earner. When her husband finds her in the company of Hugh Rowan, a former close companion, Mary realises that she is utterly incompatible to her husband and resolves to leave him.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Eve Grainger Marion Crimmins
Dr. John Crichton, J.P. Francis Dornan
Hugh Rowan Walter Kennedy
Mary Crichton Evelyn Fitzgerald
Ada Kelly Kathleen Lawrence
Howard Grainger Norman Gray
Miss Beggs Mary Crothers
Robert Grainger Ross Canmer
Rev. Joseph McCurdy Gerald Macnamara
Eileen Thompson-Smythe Alexander Kelso

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from reviews of the premiere production, and from Sam Hanna Bell's 'The Theatre in Ulster'.