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The Evidence I Shall Give


  • Playwright

    Richard Johnson (2) 

  • Setting

    District Courthouse in Barrabeg,a seaport town in the Breac-Gaeltacht; mid-20th century.

  • Synopsis

    After introducing us to the characters that populate the District Court in Barrabeg, Johnson provides us with two court cases presided over by Justice McHenry. In one, the Mother Superior of the local orphanage fights to have one of her charges sent to reformatory school.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Sergeant Bornican T.P. McKenna
Mr. Green Peadar Lamb
District Justice McHenry Ray McAnally
Miss O'Byrne Kathleen Barrington
Mother Cecilia Angela Newman
Polly O'Grady Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Patrick Sinnott Edward Golden
Mr. Burke Geoff Golden
Peter McClare Micheál Ó Briain
Jerry Verity Philip O'Flynn
Jean Omer Pat Layde
Garda Driscoll Frank O'Keefe
Mrs. Brown Brid Lynch
Various Characters May Craig
Jer Brown Vincent Dowling
Sister Mary Eithne Lydon
Mother General Eileen Crowe
Jean Omer's Mate Pádraig Ó Lúing
Maguire Desmond Ryan
Margaret Raffigan Fidelma Murphy
Mr. O'Sullivan Eoin Ó Súilleabháin
Various Characters Mairéad Harbourne
Superintendent Flanagan Séamus Ó Nualláin
Various Characters Ken Motherwell
Various Characters Patricia Haybyrne
Various Characters Noreen Campbell
Various Characters James Brophy (1)
Various Characters Catríona O'Doherty
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Frank Dermody
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Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of R.D.F. Johnson

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from published material and from conversation with the playwright's daughter.