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Mr. Murphy's Island

A Comedy of 1921 in Two Acts, by Elizabeth Harte


  • Playwright

    Elizabeth Harte 

  • Setting

    The action takes place on an island off the Irish coast.
    The Hall of Brian Prendergast's House. The Drawing-Room of Brian Prendergast's House.

  • Synopsis

    Melodrama set during the truce in 1921. Brian Prendergast, an I.R.A. commandant, has his men kidnap General Sir Percival Bude, but they bungle it and capture the General's feisty daughter, Finola, as well. She's thrilled with the adventure and sets her romantic sights on her dashing young captor.

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Original Cast  
General Sir Percival Bude Michael J. Dolan
Finola Bude Eileen Crowe
Brian Prendergast F J McCormick
Dick Arthur Shields
First Black and Tan Peter Nolan
Third Black and Tan Tony Quinn (1)
Second Black and Tan John Stephenson (1)
Jimmy P.J. Carolan
Mary Ellen Maureen Delany
Sergeant of Black and Tans T. Moran
Workmen, Servants & Black and Tans Walter Dillon
Workmen, Servants & Black and Tans F. Ellis
Workmen, Servants & Black and Tans M. Judge
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Company Manager Michael J. Dolan
Assistant Producer Arthur Shields
Stage Manager Arthur Shields


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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings.