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Captain of the Hosts


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    Rutherford Mayne 

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    This play was rewritten by Rutherford Mayne as 'Neil Gallina' and produced again as such in 1916. The given character/cast list is taken from reviews of the premiere production and, as such, should be taken as approximate.

  • Achoimre

    Neil Gallina, a dabbler in literature, is diagnosed with consumption and given six months to live. Seeking relief initially through drinking with fair-weather friends, he meets Barbara, daughter of an evangelical mission worker. Through her efforts Neil is reformed to become an ardent mission supporter, but Barbara herself begins to find the life into which she has been born quite stifling. She announces she is leaving the mission and Neil for a year, to test both his resolve and her own. After her departure, he reverts to his old ways, and by the time Barbara returns to declare her love for him, she is too late: Neil is in the grip of the captain of the hosts of death.

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Céad Léiriú

Foireann An Chéad Léirithe  
Flapper McKeown Gerald Macnamara
Annie Helena Cairns
Unspecified Character(s) Alan Whitley
Billy Baird Charles Kerr
Herbert Young Jackson Grahame
Mrs. McKee Margaret O'Gorman
Barbara Seveen Canmer
Unspecified Character(s) G.A. Charters
Neil Gallina Ross Canmer
Thomas J.M. Hardy

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Information for this entry has come from reviews of the premiere production; from Margaret McHenry's 'Ulster Theatre in Ireland'; and from Wolfgang Zach's introduction to 'Selected Plays: Rutherford Mayne'.