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The Stepping Stone


  • Playwright

    G.P. Gallivan 

  • Setting

    Set in various locations in Ireland from the date of the signing of the Treaty to the date of Collins' assasination. (1921-1922)

  • Synopsis

    A play bout Michael Collins, negotiator and signatory of the 1921 Anglo Irish Treaty, and his assasination on 22 August 1922 at Béal na mBláth, Co Cork.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    19 August 1963

  • Production Notes

    Presented by arrangement with Illsley-McCabe Productions.
  • Producer

    Produced by Southern Theatre Group

  • Original Venue

    3Olympia Theatre

Original Cast  
Michael Collins Michael McAuliffe
Liam Lynch Chris Collins
Harry Boland Donal O'Donovan
Arthur Griffith Dick Healy
Annie Blake Loretta McNamara
Republican Officer Tom Vesey
Molly Slattery Siobhan O'Brien
Free State Officer Sean Healy
Kitty Kiernan Mairín Murphy
Joan Slattery Abbey Scott
Commandant Sean Hayes Flor Dullea
Tim Hassett Michael Twomey
Cathal Brugha James N. Healy
Free State Officer Brendan Fehilly
Production Team  
Settings by Frank Sanquest
Produced by Dan Donovan
Stage Manager Charles Ginnane

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.