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Trial at Green Street Courthouse

A play in ten scenes by Roger MacHugh


  • Playwright

    Roger McHugh 

  • Setting

    The entire action of the play takes place in the back room of Barney Kiernan's public house and Green Street Courthouse on the same day in the year 1871.

  • Synopsis

    A reconstruction of a famous trial - of Robert Kelly for the shooting of Head Constable Talbot - where the defence argued it was medical negligence that killed the man, not the bullet.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Doctor Tufnel Harry Brogan
Chief Baron Pigott James Dunne
Frederick Faulkner William O'Gorman
Old Man John McDarby
Ryan Joseph Linnane
Doctor Stokes Michael Walsh (2)
Constable Holland J. Winter
Solicitor General Dowse Austin Meldon
Edmund Vesey Denis O'Dea
Isaac Butt F J McCormick
Constable Mullen Seamus Healy
Doctor McDonell Eric Gorman
Serjeant Armstrong Michael J. Dolan
Jerry Finbar Howard
Henry Talbot Udolphus Wright
Rose O'Leary Ria Mooney
Doctor O'Leary Edward Byrne
Clerk of the Court Malachy Dooley
Production Team  
Director Frank Dermody
Set Michael Walsh (1)
Produced by Frank Dermody
Stage Manager Udolphus Wright
Carpenter J F Barlow

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Trial At Green Street Courthouse

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  • Published By

    Browne and Nolan

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.