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On Trial


  • Playwright

    Máiréad Ní Ghráda 

  • Author Notes

    Translated from the Irish by the author
  • Synopsis

    Maire Cassidy is pregnant, the father is married, her family wants nothing to do with her. She struggles out of a Magdalene Laundry clutching her child, suffers destitution in the big city, and faced with complete abandonment by the child's father, she commits a terrible crime.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    19 March 1965

  • Production Notes

    First produced in Irish as An Triail at the Damer Hall, Dublin on September 22nd 1964.
  • Producer

    Produced by Gemini Productions

  • Original Venue

    Eblana Theatre

Original Cast  
Factory Manager Des Nealon
Anna Brazil Beryl Fagan
Cleaning Woman Eileen Lemass
Mrs Cassidy Peggy Hayes
Colum O'Shea Michael O'Rourke
Johnny Cecil Sheridan
Dolly Gabrielle Walsh
Clerk of the Court Dónal Ó Cuill
Newsboy David Butler (2)
Landlady Áine Ní Mhuirí
Kevin O'Clery Gerry Sullivan
Counsel for the Prosecution Martin Dempsey
Counsel for the Defence Bill Golding
Molly Maureen Toal
Maura Cassidy Fionnula Flanagan
Sean Cassidy Paul Murphy
Mrs Morris May Cluskey
Lolly Máire Ní Ghráinne
Liam Cassidy Clive Geraghty
Newsboy Austin Fox
Production Team  
Director Tomás Mac Anna
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna

Published Scripts

  • Title

    On Trial

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Éamonn Ó Ciosáin

  • Address

    8, Arda Weston/Weston Heights
    Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0) 860798268

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript.