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The Gentle Island


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Synopsis

    The inhabitants of Inishkeen, The Gentle Island, off the west coast of County Donegal, are leaving for good — all except Manus Sweeney and his family.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    30 November 1971

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    3Olympia Theatre

Original Cast  
Bosco Niall O'Brien(1)
Manus Sweeney Liam Redmond
Con Seamus Healy
Neil Paul Farrell
Sarah Sheelagh Cullen
Tom Eamonn Draper
Peter Quinn Edward Byrne
Martin David Herlihy
Anna Virginia Cole
Shane Harrison Shane Connaughton
Mary Maureen Toal
Philly Sweeney Bosco Hogan
Joe Sweeney Eamon Morrissey
Paddy Joseph Conway
Production Team  
Director Vincent Dowling

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published play script.