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Blood in the Dirt


  • Playwright

    Rory Gleeson 

  • Synopsis

    When Big Jim Donnelly moves from Ireland to Biddulph, Ontario in 1845, and stakes a claim on settled land, the locals know there will be trouble. Based on a true story, spiralling down the centuries, the play traces the history of violence, the cost of survival, and the meaning of legacy.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    20 November 2019

  • Production Notes

    Presented by Landmark Productions and Keynote Productions.

  • Producer

    Produced by Landmark Productions

  • Original Venue

    The New Theatre

Original Cast  
Francis Donnelly Lorcan Cranitch
Production Team  
Director Caitríona McLaughlin
Set Designer Paul Keogan
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Designer Ciara Fleming
Sound Designer Sinéad Diskin
Composer Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Stage Manager Brendan Galvin
Hair & Make-Up Carole Dunne
Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
Producer Anne Clarke
Associate Producer Sara Cregan
Publicist Sinead O'Doherty
Marketing Sinead McPhillips
Production Assistant Aoife Gleeson
Photography Patrick Redmond
Graphic Design Gareth Jones

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

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