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Dark Rosaleen


  • Playwright

    Vincent Mahon 

  • Setting

    A home for disabled ex-servicemen in London.

  • Synopsis

    Willie, a Belfast Protestant, and Jim, a student from the Republic, work as porters in a home for ex-servicemen. A crippled soldier almost ready to leave is tormented by wheelchair-bound Sammy, who is full of bitterness about his own disability and the freedom of movement of the others. Angela, a nurse, discovers that her brother has been killed while serving with the British army in Northern Ireland.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Mr Moss Louis Rolston
Eric Atkins Peter Templar
Sammy Smith George Shane
Mary Margaret McCann
Mr Anderson Mark Shelley
Angela Ellen Thomas
Jim Alan Devlin
Willie Shane Anderson
Girl Judith Blakstad
Production Team  
Director Michael Poynor
Designer Michael Poynor
Lighting Designer Michael Poynor
Stage Manager Trevor Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager Mervyn Dougherty
Assistant Stage Manager David Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Rose Morris
Lighting Operator Mervyn Dougherty
Sound Operator Rose Morris
Set Construction Francis Morgan
Wardrobe Anne Whittaker
Sound Recording Mervyn Dougherty



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Lyric Theatre

  • Address

    55 Ridgeway Street, Stranmillis
    Belfast BT9 5FB
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)28 9038 5685

  • Email

  • Website


Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from contemporary press cuttings.