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