The Hostage is a loose 1958 English version, with songs, adapted in a much longer text from a one-act Irish language play An Giall, by its author, Brendan Behan (1923-1964), depicting the events leading up to the planned execution of an 18-year-old IRA member in a Belfast jail, accused of killing an Ulster policeman.
Performance history in South Africa
1960: First produced in South Africa by Leonard Schach for the Cockpit Players at the Hofmeyr Theatre in 1960 and taken on a National tour. Decor was by Patrick Stackhouse and the cast were Felicity Bosman, Jane Fenn, Walter Glennie, Marjorie Gordon, Joyce Grant, Michael McGovern, John McKelvey, Job Stewart, David Tidboald and Raymond Williams.
Translations and adaptations
Inskip, 1977. p 122.
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