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The Informer


  • Playwright

    Micheál Mac Liammóir 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Liam O'Flaherty

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the original novel by Liam O'Flaherty.
  • Setting

    One night in Dublin, 1921.

  • Notes

    Presented to celebrate Edwards-MacLiammoir's 30th Anniversary.

  • Synopsis

    The Informer plots the hunting and execution of Gypo Nolan, a brutish individual who murders a prostitute and sells a comrade to his erstwhile foes - the Free-State forces.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Judge Christopher Casson
Black & Tan Officer Christopher Casson
Mary McPhillip Maureen Toal
Louisa Cummins Marie Conmee
Black & Tan Frank Dunne
Connemara Maggie Laurie Morton
Blind Man Robert Somerset
Rat Mulligan Robert Somerset
A Matchseller Robert Somerset
Katie Fox Maureen Potter
Frankie McPhillip Patrick Bedford
Street Dancer Patrick Bedford
Gypo Nolan Micheál Mac Liammóir
Peter Hackett Patrick McLarnon
Black & Tan Tom Irwin
Respectable Man Tom Irwin
Patron at Aunt Betty's Tom Irwin
Mrs. McPhillip May Ollis
Curley Brian Phelan
Young Man Brian Phelan
Second Man Brian Phelan
First Woman Angela Howlett
An Apple-Woman Angela Howlett
Dan Gallagher Denis Brennan
Jack McPhillip Paul Farrell
Philly Kelly Finola O'Shannon
Dolly Furey Finola O'Shannon
Phyllis the-fur-coat Marjory Hawtrey
Third Woman Ruth Durley
Woman Passing by Ruth Durley
Woman Passing by Eileen Murphy
Man with a bicycle Patrick Gardiner
Bartley Mulholland Patrick Gardiner
Black & Tan Fergus Cogley
Patron at Aunt Betty's Fergus Cogley
Newsboy Adrian Cronin
Young Man Adrian Cronin
Flynn Adrian Cronin
Black & Tan Adrian Cronin
Bones Player Adrian Cronin
Nun Maire O'Hanlon
Lady of the Town Maire O'Hanlon
Judge Brendan O'Sullivan
Miss Boylan Meryl Gourley
Woman With Pram Fay Sargent
Policeman Dermot MacMahon
Black & Tan Dermot MacMahon
Patron at Aunt Betty's Dermot MacMahon
Barman John O'Reilly (2)
Second Woman Maureen O'Dea
Woman Passing by Maureen O'Dea
Lady of the Town Maureen O'Dea
First Man Denis McKenna
Aunt Betty Julia Hamilton
Judge Ultan O'Carroll
Third Man Ultan O'Carroll
Kitty May Long
Lady of the Town May Long
Accordeon Player Brendan Maher
Student William Styles
Production Team  
Director Micheál Mac Liammóir
Settings by Robert Heade
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Sound Effects William Styles
Stage Director Maureen Roche
Stage Manager Herbert Carroll
Assistant Stage Manager Meryl Gourley
Assistant Stage Manager Jack Duggan
Costume Construction Eileen Long
Chief Electrician Tom Connor
Chief Electrician Harry Morrison

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Travers

  • Address

    Inch, Annascaul
    Tralee, Co Kerry
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)66 915 8223 | +353 (0)87 947 5256

Source Of Information

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