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A Lock of the General's Hair

A Satirical Irish Comedy in Two Acts


  • Playwright

    Jack Loudan 

  • Setting

    The home of the Munro family in County Armagh.

  • Notes

    This work originated as a radio drama.

  • Synopsis

    The Munroes from County Armagh are a staunch old Protestant family. Amongst their ancestors is one General Munroe, who was executed for leading a rebel army against the English in 1798. Prior to the execution a lock of his hair was cut off and preserved by the family as a memento. Now, a present-day Munroe is contesting an election in Kerrymore against a Nationalist candidate. At the same time, the relic is requested for an exhibition of famous Irish heirlooms in Dublin. When the story behind it comes to public attention, it makes front-page news, and the present-day Munroe candidate's chances are put in jeopardy.

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Original Cast  
Martha Barbara Adair
Dolly Munro Margaret D'Arcy
Professor Michael Flynn Maurice O'Callaghan
Aunt Alice Elizabeth Begley
Patsy Carragher John McDade
Hughie Conn J.G. Devlin
Mary Flynn Gertrude Russell
Dominic Healy T.D. Patrick McAlinney
Bill Morton Denis Hawthorne
Bridget Flynn Kathleen Feenan
Cousin Robert Michael Conway
Production Team  
Settings by Dan Fitzpatrick
Lighting Brian O'Connor
General Manager Harold Goldblatt
Produced by Harold Goldblatt
Stage Manager Dan Fitzpatrick
Assistant Stage Manager Joan Keenan
Effects Joan Keenan
Records and Reproduction W. Erskine Mayne
House Manager Maurice O'Callaghan


  • Title

    Group Plays 1:Seven Comedies/ edited and introduced by Hugh Odling-Smee

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  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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Information for this entry was taken from press cuttings, and from the original production programme held at the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.