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  • Playwright

    John Boyd 

  • Setting

    Summer 1974.

  • Synopsis

    Guests gather for a party in the living-room of middle-class Belfast widow Maria Carey, to fulfil her husband's request to mark the anniversary of his death. Each faces a personal crisis, but is living life apparently remote from the ongoing disturbances in the city around them. Then violence erupts, and their quiet individual existences are shattered.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Charlie Ross John Hewitt
Dermot David Creedon
Tegwen Patricia Samuels
Gerry Barrie Campbell
Emily Marcella O'Riordan
Claire Maureen Dow
Gunman Jack McQuoid
Captain Jack McQuoid
Min Meeneely Sheila McGibbon
Maria Carey Trudy Kelly
Corporal Pat Brannigan
Gunman Pat Brannigan
Workman Pat Brannigan
Robbie Carey Louis Rolston
Matt J.J. Murphy
Ida Linda Wray
Danny Loughlin Peter Adair
Production Team  
Director Barry Cassin
Designer Michael Poynor
Lighting Michael Poynor
Costumes Olive M. Clegg
Costume Assistant Mary Newell
Sound Colin Johnston
Stage Manager Allan Mowat
Deputy Stage Manager Dorothy Clugston
Chief Technician Stephen Henbest

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Collected Plays 1: The Flats ; The Farm ; Guests.

  • Year


  • Published By

    Blackstaff Press

  • Address

    Blackstaff House, Wildflower Way, Apollo Road
    Belfast BT12 6TA
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)28 9066 8074

  • Email


  • Website


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Gavin Boyd

  • Address

    1 The Granary
    Down BT23 5FH
    Northern Ireland

Source Of Information

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