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God is Good

and the Republicans won't always be down


  • Playwright

    Se├ín McCarthy 

  • Setting

    Set in Glasgow

  • Synopsis

    Set in Glasgow in 1974 this play centres on a Scots Irish family, who are on the brink of owning their own home and joining the middle class after years of toil. However the sectarian strife, which is rife in the city, threatens to tear them apart. Rose, the Glasgow-born mother of the family, makes heroic efforts to hold them all together, but her son's involvement in paramilitary activity precipitates a dreadful tragedy, which ultimately brings about the destruction of the family unit.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production


  • Production Notes

    First produced by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company of Edinburgh
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First produced at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company of Edinburgh

Original Cast  
Jack Heggarty Kevin Flood
A Priest Patrick Malahide
Philip Heggarty J.G. Devlin
Rose Heggarty Jan Wilson
Anthony Heggarty Alec Heggie
Jenny Heggarty Muriel Romanes
Mr Docherty Rikki Fulton
A Boy Benny Young
Production Team  
Director Bill Bryden
Designer Geoffrey Scott
Lighting Andy Phillips
Costume Designer Priscilla Truett
Music by Sean O'Riada
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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, with additional material supplied by the writer.