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April in Assagh

Or, Cat and Nine Tails, a Light Comedy


  • Playwright

    Joseph Tomelty 

  • Setting

    An April day in Assagh, a small fishing village in Co. Down.

  • Synopsis

    Around the village pump in the small fishing port of Assagh, a group of its citizens regularly gather to discuss the affairs of the day. As the play develops, two excitements preturb their serenity: the disappearance of a ginger cat belonging to old lady Lucinda, and the apparent disappearance of the local water supply. Is something strange happening in Assagh?

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Ruby Catherine Gibson
Jimmy Magee ('Drop O'Tay') Maurice O'Callaghan
Tommy McFettridge ('Majesty') James Ellis
George Killops ('Pope') R.H. MacCandless
Lucinda Elizabeth Begley
Seth Mulligan John F. Tyrone
Davey McGreevy Joseph Tomelty
Sofia Elizabeth McKeown
Harry Boal ('Stalin') J.G. Devlin
Miss Duff Irene Bingham
Rosena Jean Lundy
Sammy Martin Kathleen Feenan
Production Team  
Set Designer Joan Hulton
Produced by J.R. Mageean
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Keenan
Set Construction Gerald Batty
Set Painter Joan Hulton

Published Scripts

  • Title

    All Souls' Night and other plays

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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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.