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Decision at Easter


  • Playwright

    G.P. Gallivan 

  • Setting

    Set in Dublin before, during and immediately after the Easter Rising in 1916.

  • Synopsis

    Easter 1916 - Dublin. The rising is about to explode into the pages of Irish history and G. P. Gallivan's effort to humanise the leaders of the rising, explores how the idealist republican thinking affected people at the time. One family, thoroughly steeped in republican traditions are thrown into a strange world, when their prodigal son returns, having joined up with the British Army.

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Original Cast  
Peggy Bradshaw Maureen Toal
Michael Mallin Dermot Tuohy
James Connolly Ronnie Walsh
Pádraig Pearse James Neylin
Sean MacDermott Milo O'Shea
Donal Bradshaw Norman Rodway
Eamonn Ceannt Maurice Good
Mrs. Bradshaw Josephine Fitzgerald
Tom Clarke Fergus Cogley
Tess Johnson Colette Dunne
Mick Bradshaw Adrian Cronin
Production Team  
Director Godfrey Quigley
Settings by Robert Heade
Lighting Godfrey Quigley
Sound Godfrey Quigley
Manager Godfrey Quigley
Stage Director Monica Brophy
Stage Manager Paddy Long
Wardrobe Mistress Joan O'Rourke
Assistant Carpenter Louis Molloy
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
PR Rosamund Stephens
Carpenter Michael Lambert


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