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Black Man's Country


  • Playwright

    Desmond Forristal 

  • Setting

    Set in the priests' house in Uzala, Nigeria, during the years 1967 to 1970.

  • Synopsis

    For 50 years the Irish missionaries had treated Biafra almost exclusively as their own. When the Biafran Civil War broke out they found themselves rejected by the Nigerian government and their time there was at an end.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
The Most Reverend Maurice Fitzmaurice Christopher Casson
Father Anthony O'Brien Patrick Bedford
Father Joseph Mitchell Edward Byrne
Cyprian Akuta Kwesi Kay
Father Zachary Azuka Olu Jacobs
Sister Eileen Deirdre Maher
Gregory Olume Fred Brobby
Mother Gertrude Nora O'Mahony
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Set Designer Robert Heade
Lighting Hilton Edwards
Costumes Eileen Long
General Manager Brian Tobin
Stage Director Yvette Hally
Stage Manager Britta Smith
Sound Technician Valerie Tobin
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Stage Carpenter Kevin Hudson
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells
PR Patricia Turner
Production secretary Mary Cannon

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Black Man's Country

  • Year


  • Published By

    Proscenium Press

  • Address

    Newark, Delaware

  • ISBN


Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Ciaran Forristal

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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