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Deeds of Deceit

The Theft Of The Irish Crown Jewels


  • Playwright

    Matthew Ralli 

  • Notes

    Commissioned by Dublin Castle/OPW.

  • Synopsis

    On July 6th, 1907, just a few days before King Edward IV was due to visit Dublin, the Irish Crown Jewels were discovered stolen. Kept in a steel safe inside the Bedford Tower of Dublin Castle, police found no forced entry and not a single trace left by the thief. What began as an intense investigation dwindled into a carefully construed cover-up. Government records and files from Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police were systematically erased. The thief, or thieves, were allowed to escape punishment, the case dropped, and the jewels never recovered. In Deeds of Deceit, the crime is brought back to life as a colourful array of suspects are forced to stand trial. Staring them in the face is Truth herself and she is in no mood for airs and graces. Who will crack? Will the culprit finally reveal themselves? Or are some mysteries destined to haunt us forever?

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    03 June 2014

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Speckintime.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at Dublin Castle.

Original Cast  
Francis Bennet-Goldney Michael James Ford
Mary Farrell Deirdre Monaghan
Inspector John Kane Gerard Lee
Arthur Vicars Stephen Swift
Verity White Margaret McAuliffe
Lord Haddo Matthew O'Brien
Francis Shackleton Colm O'Brien (2)
Captain Gorges Gordon Mahn
Production Team  
Director Matthew Ralli
Producer Melissa Nolan
Costume Designer Rowena Cunningham
Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
Assistant Director Ciaran McGlynn
Stage Manager Melissa Nolan
Crew Carlos Fuenmayor
Crew Jefrey Naveda Souquet

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Source Of Information

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