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The Drums of Father Ned


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Notes

    In 1958 the Dublin International Theatre Festival accepted for production, The Drums of Father Ned. The Archbishop of Dublin objected to plays in the programme by Sean O'Casey and James Joyce, and refused to say the Votive Mass. Sean O'Casey withdrew his play. Samuel Beckett withdrew his play in protest. The festival was abandoned. O'Casey decided to ban all professional productions of his plays in Ireland.

  • Play Type

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  • Date of First Production


  • Production Notes

    Produced by the Lafayette Little Theatre, Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Lafayette Little Theatre, Lafayette, Indiana.

Original Cast  
Binnington Robert Hogan
Black & Tan Officer Walter Richter
Black & Tan Anthony Tommasi
Black & Tan Alan Burdick
Black & Tan Burnham Carter, Jr.
Black & Tan William Tatum
McGilligan Bernard Shiffman
Echo Jay Paul Minn
Echo Niki Minn
Edina Binnington Hilary Smith
Michael Binnington John Tully
Mrs. McGilligan Joan McLoed
Nora McGilligan Geraldine Gray
Bernadette Shillayley Patricia Hensley
Tom Killsallighan James Bilyeu
Oscar McGunty Robert Feichter
Man of the Musket William Hoffman
Man of the Pike Nicholas Bielenberg
Rev. D. Fillifogue Robert Corbin
Skerighan Stuart Main
Murray Richard Jaegar
Bugler Tore Ramstad
Villager Mark Griffin (1)
Villager Barry Gray
Villager William Darnell
Villager Jean Ricklefs
Villager Pamela Drake
Villager Linda Veach
Villager Margaret Reuszer
Production Team  
Director Robert Hogan
Director Jeanne Orr
Set Designer Michael Brown
Technical Director George Hayley


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of Sean O'Casey: Macnaughton Lord Representation

  • Address

    44 South Molton Street
    London W1K 5RT

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7499 1411

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the published text, with addional information supplied by Sean O'Casey's literary estate.