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The Orangeman

A Comedy in One Act


  • Playwright

    St. John Greer Ervine 

  • Setting

    Northern Ireland, the eve of the twelfth of July.

  • Synopsis

    A play about a Belfast workman from a long line of proud Orangemen. Struck down by illness on the twelfth of July, he laments he the fact that he cannot leave his bed and will be unable to take part in the Orange march. Determined to maintain the family tradition, he tries to persuade his son to march in his place.His son, however, holds entirely different political beliefs and refuses to comply.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
John McClurg Andrew Patrick Wilson
Andy Haneron Sean Connolly
Tom McClurg Thomas O'Neill
Jessie McClurg Cathleen McCarthy
Production Team  
Produced by Andrew Patrick Wilson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Four Irish Plays; by St. John G. Ervine

  • Year


  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

  • Address


Rights Information

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