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A Melodramatic Invention by the Earl of Longford


  • Playwright

    Lord Longford 

  • Setting

    The Demesne at Castle Clonave, the early 19th century.

  • Notes

    A file containing scripts, design sketches, programmes and posters from the original production of the play is currently held in the Dublin Gate Collection of the Northwestern University Library.

  • Synopsis

    As Catholic Emancipation looms, the Earl of Clonave forms a William Society in order to oppose the new development by force. The play about the bitter religious divides of pre-Victorian Ireland.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


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  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    An additional 6 male and 7 female actors play Guests, Footmen and Maids.


Original Cast  
Katie Dwyer Cathleen Delany
Earl of Clonave Hilton Edwards
Arthur, Lord Hilltown James Mason
Lady Clonave Ria Mooney
Lady Louisa Hill Coralie Carmichael
Colonel Morrison Liam Gaffney
Sir Benjamin Maxwell Edward Lexy
Rooney Art O'Murnaghan
Captain Jack Lyndhurst Lionel Dymoke
Lady Maxwell Diana Vernon
Doctor Cecil Monson
Maureen Máirín Hayes
Second to Lyndhurst Landon Sorrell
Patrick Moynagh Robert Hennessy (1)
Robert Hill Roy Irving
Fanny, Lady Hilltown Nell Pantin
Lady Maria Hill Eileen Ashe
Julia Morrison Sheila May
Shelah Doris Monson
Second to Robert Edward McCormack
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician F.R. Tracey
Stage Manager Pauline Reeves
Assistant Stage Manager Máirín Hayes
Wardrobe Mistress Christina Keely
Chief Electrician Martin Rabbett
Carpenter Michael Lambert
Assistant Art Director Art O'Murnaghan



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