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Is the Priest at Home?

A Play in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    Joseph Tomelty 

  • Setting

    The Priest's house in the small town of Marlfield, in Northern Ireland, a little while after the last war.

  • Synopsis

    Father Malan is a Catholic priest who returns from Glasgow to the small town of Marlfield, where he is greeted by parishioners and non-parishioners alike wanting to give and receive comfort, advice, and tittle-tattle. Despite the challenges this presents, Father Malan successfully navigates his way through sometimes tricky situations using a combination of common sense and thoughtful philosophy.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
McNulty J.J. Murphy
Perpetua O'Kane Margaret D'Arcy
Mr. Ballafer Maurice O'Callaghan
Davy McAlea J.R. Mageean
Father Malan Harold Goldblatt
Marona Elizabeth Begley
McLaughlin J.G. Devlin
Mrs. Ballafer Irene Bingham
An American Patrick McAlinney
O'Grady Kathleen Feenan
Miss Bradeley Kathleen Feenan
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
Lighting Brian O'Connor
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Produced by Harold Goldblatt
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Keenan
Effects Joan Keenan
Records and Reproduction W. Erskine Mayne
House Manager Maurice O'Callaghan

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Is the priest at home ? : a play in three acts

  • Year


  • Published By

    H.R. Carter Publications Ltd.

  • Address

    2 Marcus Ward Street
    Northern Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Roma Tomelty

  • Address

    11 Hopefield Ave
    Belfast BT15 5AP
    Northern Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the published script, from press cuttings, and from the original production programme held at the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.