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Defence in Depth

A Play in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    Patrick Riddell 

  • Setting

    London, Counsel's Chambers, near the Law Courts.

  • Synopsis

    Alcoholic John Megarrel faces trial for occasioning grievous bodily harm to his wife while insane through alcohol.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


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Original Production

Original Cast  
Janet Ashton Blanaid Irvine
Jonathan Fordham John Franklyn
Edward Ashton Desmond Perry
John Megarrel Maurice Good
Charles Benton Llewellyn Rees
Helen Boutwood Madeleine Newbury
Henri Falman Andre Van Gyseghem
Production Team  
Director Chloe Gibson
Set Designer Lona Moran
Stage Director Mai McFall
Stage Management Liam O'Sullivan
Set Construction Scenesplay
Company Artistic Director Phyllis Ryan

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Source Of Information

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