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The Field by John B. Keane

Donabate Portrane Dramatic Society


Field by John B. Keane

The Field is a play written by John B. Keane, first performed in 1965. It tells the story of the hardened Irish farmer “Bull” McCabe and his love for the land he rents. The play debuted at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in 1965, with Ray McAnally as “The Bull” and Eamon Keane as “The Bird” O’Donnell. The play was published in 1966 by Mercier Press. A new version with some changes was produced in 1987.

A film adaptation was released in 1990, directed by Jim Sheridan with Richard Harris in the lead role.

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Donabate Portrane dramatic society

Donabate Dramatic Society was founded in 1936 by the late Fr. J. Moynihan and is one of the oldest dramatic societies in Ireland. Based in the Donabate and Portrane peninsula, North County Dublin, Ireland.

The President of the DDS is Ms Liz Walsh.
The first play staged was “Don’t dress for Dinner” and was produced by Fr. Moynihan. The cast were as follows : Margaret Lynders, Nora Gavin, Gerry Griffen, Aidan Branagan, Paddy Laffoy, Joe Laffoy, Mel Byrne, Martin Ryan, John Eiffe.

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