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Leaders of the People


  • Playwright

    Robert Harding 

  • Notes

    The cast and character lists for this entry are drawn from reviews of the premiere production. As such, cast size details should be taken as approximate. Rutherford Mayne appeared in the orignal cast under his real name Samuel John Waddell.

  • Synopsis

    A play focusing on an Ulster election, and the progress of a new conciliation party in the north. Loftus Rankin is standing for the new party, and he claims the full support of Hugh Elewynn, a noted Gaelic propagandist, for his efforts. Elewynn's support is in fact not guaranteed, however, as he feels his ideas should not be mixed with electioneering. Potentially ruining Rankin's chances, he decides to dissociate himself from the election, until Rankin's fiancee Mary Hamilton intervenes and his situation is rescued.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Hugh Elewynn Rutherford Mayne
Ned Leslie John Field Magee
Loftus Rankin John P. Campbell
Mary Hamilton Josephine Campbell
Andy Wilson A. Gilmer
Timothy McGrath R.H. Leighton
Paul Glenwood Cahal Byrne


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