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  • Playwright

    Rutherford Mayne 

  • Notes

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

  • Synopsis

    McLoughlan, an American entrepreneur, shakes up a sleepy Ulster village when he comes over to establish new industrial works. Seeking to expand this successful business, he tries tobuy land from Lady Loftus, owner of a neighbouring demense. Loftus refuses, detesting industrialism and allying herself with discontented workers seeking better wages and conditions, sets about making McLoughlan's situation very difficult. After a series of strikes and explosions, the works are abandoned. McLouglan survives, however, and remains defiant even in face of financial ruin. Despite everything that has happened, his can-do attitude remain unchanged.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
McLoughlan Rutherford Mayne
Unspecified Character(s) Oonagh O'Hagan
Helen Muriel Woods
McNamee Joseph Roney
Lady Loftus Rose McQuillan
Unspecified Character(s) J.G. Abbey
Sergeant Maloney Charles K. Ayre
Unspecified Character(s) Norman Gray
Lord Loftus Jackson Grahame
Unspecified Character(s) Gerald Macnamara
Unspecified Character(s) Mabel Harris

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from reviews of the premiere production, and from Margaret McHenry's 'The Ulster Theatre in Ireland'.