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The Quare Fellow


  • Drámadóir

    Brendan Behan 

  • Suíomh

    Set in an Irish prison

  • Nótaí

    It was subsequently produced by Joan Littlewood's company in the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1956.

  • Achoimre

    The Quare Fellow deals with a period between the arrival of a condemned murderer, and his execution, with which the play ends. The murderer is not named, and does not appear in the play. But the characters, his fellow prisoners and some of the warders, talk about him as "the quare fellow". He has been convicted of the murder of his brother, whose body he dismembered.

  • Cinéal Dráma

    Drámaí Ginearálta

    Líon na Míreanna

    Dráma Fada

  • Méid na Fóirne ( Fireann)


  • Eolas Faoin bhFoireann

    Cast doubling occurs.

Céad Léiriú

  • Dáta an Chéad Léirithe

    19 November 1954

  • Leiriú

    Produced by The Pike Theatre

  • Ionad an Chéad Léirithe

  • Nótaí faoin Ionad

    First produced at the Pike Theatre, Dublin.

Foireann An Chéad Léirithe  
Warder Crinnin Alan Barry
Assistant Hangman, Enoch Jenkinson Patrick Clarke
The Chief Warder Robert Lepler
Assistant Hangman, Christmas Halliwell Gilbert McIntyre
The Chaplain Alan Barry
The Recorded Singing Voice of the Prisoner in the Brendan Behan
The Other Fellow Patrick Clarke
Warder Donnelly Denis Hickey
A Medical Orderly Gilbert McIntyre
A Cook from the Hospital Gilbert McIntyre
The Voice of an Englishman on Remand Art O'Phelan
Scolara, juvenile prisoner Art O'Phelan
The Speaking Voice of a Prisoner in the Punishment Derry Power
Prisoner C (The Boy from the Island) Derry Power
A Hangman James Tinkler
The Governor Tom Willoughby
Prisoner A (Hard Case) Austin Byrne
Second Warder Patrick Duggan
Shaybo, juvenile prisoner Patrick Duggan
Neighbour Dermot Kelly
Mickser David Kelly (2)
Mr. Hely, an Official of the Department David Kelly (2)
Dunlavin John MacDarby
Prisoner D (The Embezzler) Geoffrey Mackey
First Warder Tom Nolan
Prisoner B (The Man of Thirty) Pat Nolan(2)
Warder Regan Gearóid Ó Lochlainn
A Principal Warder Liam Shanahan
The Lifer, a reprieved murderer Herbert Thomas
Foireann Léirithe  
Stiúrthóir Alan Simpson
Dearthóir Seit Alan Simpson
Dearthóir Soilsithe Alan Simpson
Bainisteoir Tom Willoughby
Léiritheoir Cúnta Carolyn Swift
Bainisteoir Stáitse Gilbert McIntyre
Leas-Bhainisteoir Stáitse Alan Barry
Leas-Bhainisteoir Stáitse Derry Power
PR Rosamund Stephens
Edmund Kelly

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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Carolyn Swifts's autobiography, Stage by stage (Poolbeg, 1985)