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

Distracted Globe                        Nick Warburton                 John Grant


2006    Sive                                         John B. Keane                                        John Grant


Go to for more information for 1991 to date.