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OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Chloe Gibson  Adrian Vale 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Marcelle Maurette
    Tranlsated and adapted from The original by Marcelle Maurette.

  • Setting

    The Carmel at Lisieux, August 1911.

  • Synopsis

    A papal commission is sent to examine whether or not, Therese Martin, a young Carmelite nun, is deserving of the designation of 'heroic'. Five of their witnesses have failed to recognise in her anything more exalted than a gentle acceptance of suffering. One member of the commission is troubled by these statements and recalls the five to rehear their accounts and this forms the core of the play.

  • Play Type

    Adaptation/Translation

  • Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    5

  • Cast Size Female

    17

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    23 September 1963

  • Production Notes

    Produced by York Promotions by arrangement with Stanley Illsley and Leo McCabe.

  • Production

    Presented by Dublin Theatre Festival

  • Original Venue

    Olympia Theatre

Original Cast  
Sister Mechtilde May Cluskey
Sister Jacob Una Collins
Unspecified Character(s) Deidre Condell
Sister Joan Marie Conmee
Infirmary Sister Rosemary Crowson
Novice Brenda Dean
Unspecified Character(s) Suzanne Findlater
Unspecified Character(s) Marlene Francois
President Aiden Grennell
Unspecified Character(s) Marcella Grimes
Sister Anne Ruby Head
Unspecified Character(s) Mairin Healy
Sister Mary Gabriel Blanaid Irvine
Workman Tom Irwin
Apostolic-Notary Fred Johnson
Mother Agnes Olga Lindo
Vice President Alex McDonald
Unspecified Character(s) Freda Murphy
Sister Louis Shelah Richards
Promoter Robert Speaight
Unspecified Character(s) Jacqueline Taylor
Unspecified Character(s) Francene Walton
Production Team  
Director Chloe Gibson
Settings by Alpho O'Reilly
Company Manager Brenda Dean
Stage Manager Rosemary Crowson
Deputy Stage Manager Brenda Dean
Set Painter Brian Collins

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