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The Mustard Seed


  • Playwright

    Joan Sadler 

  • Notes

    The cast and character lists for this entry are drawn from reviews of the premiere production. As such, cast size details should be taken as approximate

  • Synopsis

    John Fraser is a former clergyman who now works for the Lucas family as a hired farm labourer. When the family's married daughter Julia returns to visit from South Africa, together with the husband she only married for security, she and Fraser meet and fall in love. Fraser's belief that their love is wrong leaves him in a dilemma, and after much soul-searching, he decides that he must hold to this conviction.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes


Original Production

Original Cast  
Julia Fielding Doreen Hepburn
Unspecified Character(s) Denys Hawthorne
Rose Lucas Irene Bingham
Vicar James Boyce
Unspecified Character(s) Kathleen Feenan
Howard Fielding Charles Witherspoon
Unspecified Character(s) George Harland
John Fraser Artro Morris
Production Team  
Director Denys Hawthorne
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from press cuttings, and from the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.