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The Signalman's Apprentice


  • Playwright

    Brian Phelan 

  • Setting

    Set in the signal box of a goods yard at Fulham.

  • Synopsis

    The world of a soon-to-be-retired signalman and his long time assistant is torn apart when Edward - the apprentice, enters it. In the first act he very quickly uncovers the lie on which their existence is based. Unable to tolerate hypocrisy, Edward brings violence and then disaster upon all three until all that is left is ruin.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Edward Eamon Morrissey
Albert Hilton Edwards
Alfred Micheál Mac Liammóir
Production Team  
Director Chloe Gibson
Settings by Robert Heade
Assistant Manager Ann O'Connor
Technical Director Robert Heade
Stage Manager Laurence Foster
Assistant Stage Manager Alan Richardson
Assistant Stage Manager Yvette Hally
Assistant Stage Manager Liam O'Sullivan
Wardrobe Mistress Eileen Long
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells
Production secretary Mary Cannon
Carpenter Fred West

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Source Of Information

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