Shea of the White Hands

Written by:

Rose Scollard

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Adaptation

Themes:

Politics
Romance

Length:

100 min.

Year Written:

1994

Synopsis:

Shea of the White Hands is a modern day Tristan and Isolde that begins in the political turmoil of Belfast in the seventies, a passionate love story that transcends time, politics, separation and loss of innocence.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Shea: twenty-something; Canadian; married to Tris; fervent idealist, but naive

Tris: mid-forties; peace activist, terrorist in Belfast in the 1970s; Irish Protestant; seriously ill; troubled by his past

Isobel: early twenties; rights activist in 1970s Belfast; Irish Catholic; romantic, passionate

Young Tris: early twenties; activist/terrorist; Irish Protestant; driven by passion; has fought on both sides

Mark: late twenties; Isobel’s husband, rights activist; Irish Catholic; sober, moral, a good man

Brigid: mid-sixties; mother to Isobel; Irish Catholic; a realist

The Ghosts

Man: 45; Irish Catholic worker (in the premiere, played by actor who played Mark)

2nd Man: 49; Irish; Protestant; plays tin whistle, sings

Young Girl: 15; plays violin

Woman: 58; housewife; Irish Catholic

Washerwoman: any age; a mythical kind of figure (in the premiere, played by actor who played Woman)

First Produced:

1995, Maenad Theatre

Resources:

Shea of the White Hands is available through the CPO Website.

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