Logo for the Patrick musical by Anthony Birney


A youth musical drama about the life of St. Patrick which can also be performed as a concert piece.

The storyline is based on St Patrick’s autobiography, the “Confession”, beginning at Banna, between Hadrian’s Wall and Strathclyde. The plot follows the wonderful events of St Patrick’s life in a realistic manner, devoid of any mythical or magical additions.

Act 1 ­ Patrick is 16 when he is captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. He eventually escapes to Gaul, trains as a priest and is chosen to head the mission to christianise Ireland.

Act2 ­ Tells the story of his return to Ireland in 431 AD and his conversion of the Irish.

More details

Running time1 hour 45 mins, including a 20 minute interval.
Cast10 – 15.  Two principal male singers, two principal female singers, and six (or more) chorus members.
CharactersThe main characters are:

  • Patrick
  • an Irish girl his admirer
  • a British girl
  • and the Narrator who occasionally gives a musical commentary on the action.
  • The chorus has an important role ­ also singing minor parts, and representing Patrick’s adversaries ­ druids, witches, sorcerers and hostile clan chiefs.
SetsExternal set (9 scenes), general countryside
Interior set (6 scenes), ancient Irish.
Other informationThe full score is piano, vocal plus five other supporting instruments.  The overture is fully scored for all instruments, although full scoring for supporting instruments is not fully written out. However, the scores give all information for a performance, with some participation invited from the players.

There are 12 main songs, and 10 others plus musical numbers and short choruses.

Free to download

Seven selected songs are available for free download :

–  Slemish is a lonely mountain/What would I do
– The Fall of Rome/I live in constant danger
– What a piece of luck/I love you/Finale

These and other extracts from the musical are available for purchase below

The full script is also available as a PDF download for free :

– Patrick – full script