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The Song of the Anvil


  • Playwright

    Bryan MacMahon 

  • Synopsis

    In this fantasy MacMahon creates a world around the valley of Glensharon. The valley is under threat of an evil spell that may be cast upon it at any time by a stranger. Emerging from the mist come a visionary, a failed priest, a magician of the mysterious, two village nitwits and a sex famished spinster. Religious superstition battles it out with the imaginative past of a bygone time in this tale of wonder.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Fr. 'O Priest' McHugh T.P. McKenna
Crowd Member Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Darby 'Jer O' Shea Philip O'Flynn
Dancer Paddy Long
Kitsy Carty Marie Kean
Dancer James Caffrey
Crowd Member Pat Layde
Walter Cunningham Vincent Dowling
Dancer Eithne Lydon
Crowd Member Fidelma Murphy
Paddy Twin Micheál Ó Briain
Crowd Member Geoff Golden
Ulic Madigan Peadar Lamb
Dancer Ray McAnally
Elenrose Schneider Kathleen Barrington
Crowd Member Angela Newman
Crowd Member Aideen O'Kelly
Deborah Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Mick Twin Harry Brogan
Dancer Bill Foley
Garrett Gowa Fitzgerald Edward Golden
Crowd Member Ronnie McShane
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Ria Mooney

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from published material.