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Grania of the Ships


  • Playwright

    David Sears 

  • Setting

    Ireland, the sixteenth century. In and about Grania's Castle on Clare Island.

  • Synopsis

    A melodrama based on the life of Grace O'Malley, an Irish Chieftainess of the Elizabethan era. Richard Burke is shipwrecked and attacked by Grania's men. He survives and she falls in love with him, which pitches both of their worlds at odds.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Richard Burke Micheál Mac Liammóir
Clansman Cyril Griffin
Oscar Harry Fine
Clansman John Ferguson
Fergus Robert Hennessy (1)
Captain T. Marshall
Captain Tom Kelly
Captain Niall McGuinness
Clansman B. Cotter
Clansman John Stephenson (1)
Clansman Landon Sorrell
Messenger Landon Sorrell
Nuala Ria Mooney
Morough Gearóid Ó Lochlainn
Grace O'Malley Coralie Carmichael
Conan Edward Lexy
Sentinel James Devoy
Clansman William Fassbender
Pilar del Valdez de Sierra Betty Chancellor
Clansman Cecil Monson
Clansman Leslie Colling-Mudge
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Bay Jellett
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Musician George Rose
Stage Manager Art O'Murnaghan
Assistant Stage Manager Máirín Hayes
Wardrobe Mistress Christina Keely
Chief Electrician Martin Rabbett
Carpenter Michael Lambert

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

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Source Of Information

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