Repertoire of Navan Pioneer Players in the 1940s and 1950s


Year                         Play                                  Playwright                         Producer
1941                      The Camel’s Back                          Lionel A. Cranfield                  Arnold Helsby

1942                      Cupboard Love                              Lionel A. Cranfield                 Bernard Duffy

1943                      The New Gossoon
(Performed in association with O’Growney GAA group outside Navan)                     George Shiels

1944    One act comedy sketch for the Pioneer concert in Navan
1945/46     No specific record noted

1947    The Money Doesn’t Matter                            Louis D’Alton

1948    They Got What They Wanted                          Louis D’Alton

1948    After Hours

1949    They Got What They Wanted                          Louis D’Alton


The plays noted below were referred to by Stapleton but it was not possible to ascertain the year of production, although it was thought they were produced in the 1940s or early 1950s.
Drama at Inish                                        Lennox Robinson
The Tempting of Dermot O’Hurley
On the Race Course                                Lady  Gregory
Bishop’s Candlestick                               Norman Mc Kinnel







The Rising of the Moon

Lady Gregory


Bugle in the Blood

Bryan McMahon


City of Kings

Rev. Urban Nangle


The Able Dealer

J. B. McCarthy


Cassidy’s Chair

Seamus Burke


The Far Off Hills

Lennox Robinson


Home is the Hero

Walter Macken


Fledged and Flown

Longfellow (adapted)


Blood Is Thicker than Water

John McCann


Is the Priest at Home

Joseph Tomelty


The Shadow of the Glen

Sean O’Casey


The Will and the Way

M. J. Molloy


Crabbed Youth and Age

Lennox Robinson


All Souls Night

Joseph Tomelty


A Leap in the Dark[1]

Hugh Leonard



John B. Keane


The Country Boy

John Murphy

[1] An interesting note in the advert for A Leap in The Dark (Meath Chronicle, April 13th 1957) stated that this was a three act play by Hugh Leonard based on recent events in Northern Ireland.  The advert outlined that this was the first amateur production after a long run in the Abbey Theatre Dublin.


Repertoire of Navan Pioneer Players in the 1960s


Year                            Play                                     Playwright

1959-1963                              Sive                                                                 John B. Keane
1959-1963                              The Country Boy                                             John Murphy
1961/62                                  Many Young Men of Twenty                             John B. Keane
1962                                        The Dark is Light Enough                                Christopher Fry. 1963                                        The Honey Spike                                              BryanMcMahon
1963                                        In Wild Earth                                          James O’Donnell and                                                                                                                              Joseph Cassidy.
1963                                        The Rising of the Moon                                     LadyGregory
1963/64                                   The Man From Clare                                           John B.Keane
1964                                         A Priest in the Family                                         John Synge and                                                                                                                                Kieran Tunney
1964                                          The Plough and the Stars                                   Sean O’Casey
1965                                 Some consideration given to producing The Colleen Bawn                                                                                      but this was not  pursued.

Group also planned the amateur premier of:
The Wooing of Duvesa  Dion Boucicault, but this did not take place.

1966                                      A Light in the Sky                                                        Donal Giltinan
1966                                  The Irish Woman of the Year                                           John Power
1967                                          Big Maggie                                                               John B. Keane
1967                        The Wood of the Whispering; The Paddy Pedlar                         M. J. Molloy
1968                                    The Year of the Hiker                                                     John B. Keane
1969                                       The Poker Session                                                       Hugh Leonard

Repertoire of Navan Pioneer Players in the 1970s





The Visit (Considered but not produced )

Frederick Durranmatte


Tarry Flynn

P. J. O’Connor’s stage adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s novel


Double Door

Elizabeth McFadden


Juno and the Paycock

Sean O’Casey


The Field

John B. Keane


Miss Julie

August Strindberg


A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt

Repertoire of Navan Players in the 1970s.


Year                             Play                                Playwright

1970                          Love From a Stranger  / Producer: Bobby Byrne        Frank Vosper
1975                          The Whiteheaded Boy  / Producer: Bobby Byrne          Lennox Robinson
1975                                  Lovers                    / Producer: John Murphy     Brian Friel
1975                            Bedtime Story              / Producer: John Murphy      Sean O’Casey
1975                                 The Bear                                                               Anton Chekhov
1976/77/78                 Us and Them                                                             David Crampton
1977                     The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black Black Oil                       John McGrath
1978                          The Death of Cuchulainn                                              W. B. Yeats
1978                                      Liam Liar                                                         Hugh Leonard
1978/79                         Lovers - Losers                                                       Brian Friel
1979                             A Scent of Flowers                                                     James Saunders
1980                                       Equus                                                              Peter Shaeffer

[ The plays from 1975 were produced by Padraig Walshe.]


Repertoire of Navan Theatre Group from 1991 to 2006.


Year       Play                        Playwright                   Director

1991        Juno and the Paycock                      Sean O’Casey                                      Billy Goonan
1992        Mick and Mick                                 Hugh Leonard                                    Billy Goonan
1993        The Communication Cord               Brian Friel                                          Billy Goonan
1994        I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell        Bernard Farrell                                  Billy Goonan
1995        A Doll’s House                                 Henrik Ibsen                                     Billy Goonan
1996        See How They Run                           Philip King                                         Billy Goonan
1997       The Plough and the Stars                Sean O’Casey                                      Billy Goonan
1998        Big Maggie                                       John B. Keane                                    Billy Goonan
1999        All In Favour Said No                       Bernard Farrell                                  Billy Goonan
2000        The Field                                          John B. Keane                                    Billy Goonan
2001        Bernadette (cancelled))
2002        Don’t Dress for Dinner                   Marc Camoletti                                 Padraig Browne
2003        A Tomb with a View                        Norman Robbins                               Padraig Browne
2004        Play On                                             Rick Abbott                                      Padraig Browne
2005        Juno and the Paycock                      Sean O’Casey                                       John Grant
2006        An evening of One Act Plays

A Talk in the Park                        Alan Ayckbourn                                   Caitríona Heslin

Mother Figure                                 Alan Ayckbourn                                    Catriona Heslin. Hesli

DistractedGlobe                Nick Warburton                                    John Grant


2006        Sive                                                   John B. Keane                                        John Grant



Go to for more information for 1991 to date.