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1847. Play in 4 short scenes.

Paitlv written in blank verse. Cast : 5 males and 1
female. Published by M. H. Gill and Son, Dublin. A
young man returns to Ireland during the famine time, to
find his mother dead, and the girl he loves dying, and all
the coimtry-sidc around desolate and dreary with famine-
stricken people. A ghoulish wild poet, Rory, chants a
dirge over the country as he wanders through the deserted
villages and plains. The ])lay gave me a " creepy " feel-
ing as I read. The author was born at Bansha, County
Tippcrary, about 1865.

The Teacher from Fairyland. (An t-Oide a^s

Tir-na-nOg). A Bi-lingual Play.

Played at the Oireachtas. 1910, Rotunda, Dublin. The
play represents the conflict of the two systems of educa-
tion, the old and the new. The old sent Ireland into
forgetfulness. The new — which in reality is the older be-
cause it is the native system — restores to Ireland her senses
and her joys.

inTSlT PLAYS. 307

Ferguson (Sir Samuolj. The Naming of Cucluilaiii.
A Dramatic Scene.

Depicts the first groat incident in tlie life of the mighty
hero. In it we are told how Selanta, a youth in fosterage
with Conor Mac Nessa, in his early youth strangled the
" cu," or greyhound, of the King's smith, CulauTi, and how
the name Cuchulain was given him in remembrance of the
deed of prowess. Plaved bv the Ulster Literary Theatre
in Belfast on March 9th, llilO. Cast : 10 males.

— — Deirdre. A Dramatic Poem.

Sir Samuel was born in Belfast, March 10th, 1810, and
died at Howth on August 9th, 1886.

'••WoRTniNGTON (E. K.). The Burden. PlaA' in 1 Act.

The scene of this piece is laid in a public-house at the foot
of a bleak hill near the sea, and it tells the story of an
old fiddler who has heard fairy music and becomes
possessed of magical musical ability, which he says enables
him to do wonderful things. Three times only can the
old fellow play a magical tune, and at the third time of
his playing he dies. Some country folk scoff at the old
man's ability to do what he says, and goad him on to play
three times, with tragic result. Six male characters and
one female make up the cast. The play was first produced
by the Cork Dramatic Society on May 11th, 1910, and met
with success.

'•'Gregan (James). Teig Co rcoran's Courtship. A 1-
Act Comedy of the present day.

Produced by the New Ireland Dramatic Society in Dublin
on May 5th, 1910. The little piece possesses genuine
humour. The stratagems that a young man resorts to to
avoid marrying the girl he has no desire to forms the kernel
of the plot. It is in three scenes, with a east of five males
and four females.

Williams (C. Morton). A Day in Dublin.
Not yet acted.

Shakespeare (T. P.). The Creamery Clei-k.

Not yet acted.


CuoNAN (1)inal). Tlie Toy Part.
Not yet acted.

='=McGlougiilin (Alfred). " Morfi,an O'Friel." The
Fugitive. An Incident of 1G90.

Scene in tlio liouse of a Williamite in County Coilc, whoso
sister is a Jacobite. A man comes in whom the owner
mistakes for a Williamito officer, but lie afterwards pri -
tcnds to the hid}-, when lie is in a tight fix, that he is
King James, and she effects his escape by the windoAv,
only to learn that the fugitive was none other than a
noted higliwayman, and that his fellows have made off with
the best silver and best horses in her brother's stables.
First played at the Abbey on May 31st, 1910, by the
Students' Union of the Metropolitan School of Art. Cast :
3 men and 1 woman.

The Skull. A Farce in 1 Act.

A farmer's wife unearths a skull in her husband's fields,
and brings it home. On seeing it the farmer gets into a
state for fear he might be suspected of the murder of a
missing neighbour. After many situations of comic terror,
the skull turns out to be that of a valuable monkey that
died in a travelling circus and happened to get buried in
the fields, and the farmer gets rewarded instead of gaol
for finding it in the end. The scene is laid in a
farmer's kitchen in the outskirts of a small village in North
Donegal. Time, the present. A trifle not too slrilfully
worked out. Played at the Abbey Theatre bv the Leinster
Stage Society, Feb. 23rd, 1911. Cast : 3 'males and 1

='AVniTE (Barton). The Remedy. A 3- Act Farce.

A captain loves the seaside, and his wife doesn't, but finds
herself there all the same. She welcomes a couple of
adventurers to the house, and they soon succeed in break-
ing up the home. They tell the captain that if he had any
serious trouble his wife's affection would come back to him;
till ultimately they get him to dispose of his home. He
entrusts them with the money to buy it back again, never
to see them more. On their departure the husband and
wife become reconciled. Court, London, j\Iay 5th, 1911.
The adventuress is an Irishwoman. Cast : 9 male and 5
female characters.


*\Vaters (C), Sheila's Dilemma. Comedietta in 1

The piece is crisp and original. Cast : 1 male and 4
females, Plaved at a Charity Matinee at Gaiety Theatre,
Dublin, January r2th, 1911.

Pearse (P. H.). A Passion Play. In 3 Acts. (Spoken
in Irish).

Act one depicted the Garden of Gethsenianc; Act two, tlic
Court of Pilate; and Act three, the side of Calvary. This
latter scene, as depicted by the pupils of St. Enda's College
and of St. Ita's College, at the Abbey Theatre, on Friday,
April 7th, 1911, was the most profoundly impressive and
touching I ever beheld. Its very simplicity was its charm.

CIardiner (li.). My Jealous Partner. A 1-Act Sketch.
Not yet acted.

MAcLouaHLiN (J.). The Mills of God. A 3-Act Play.

Not yet acted.

Montgomery (J.). The Alarm Clock.

Not yet acted.

The Plot. A Comedy in 2 Acts.

Time, the present day. The first act takes place in a sub-
urban barber's shop near Dublin; and the second, in the
parlour of a dairyman's. Cast : 7 males and 2 females. First
played at Carrickmacross, by the Farney Playea's, on April
18tli, 1911. "Written by a member of the Society.

*Ervixg (St. John G.). Mixed Marriages. A Play in
4 Acts. (Maunsel & Co., Dublin.)

The action of the play takes place in the living room of a
small kitchen-house in a street midway between the Shan-
kill and Falls Road, Belfast, during a strike in which
Catholic and Orange workmen are alike concerned. John
Rainey, an Orangeman, is trying to keep the strikers from
rioting amongst themselves, until he discovers that his son
has become cn^affod to a Catholic girl. Then he loses his


]wad aiul incites the incn to quarrel, and ilio girl, tlio
innocent cause of it all, is killed in the riot. The scene is
laid in the present day. The play is a clever, topical " dis-
cussion," with some moments of real drama in it. Mario
O'Neill made a big hit in the splendidly-drawn character
of " ]\[rs. Rainey," a homely, sensible woman, brimful of
hiunan nature. First played at the Abbey on Thursday,
March 30th, 1911. Cast : 4 males and 2 females.

Tlio Mao;iiaiiiiiK)us Lover. A realistic Sketch of

liuiiiblo Belfast life in 1 Act.

Accepted at the Abbey. Published by Mauuscll and Co.,

The Eviction. A short Play.

Not yet acted.

^'^Vehnon (H. M.), libretto b3% and -'Tours (Frank),
music by. IMacarthy's Troubles. A Musical
Comedy Sketch in 1 Act.

Scene, Dodo-laud, an imaginary island in the South Seas.
The King of the Island has just died, and the law has it that
the first white man v/ho lands within a specified time must
be proclaimed king. Failing this, the crown is to pass to
the Prime IMinistor. At the critical moment a shipwrecked
Irishman, ]\Iacarthy, turns uj), much to the annoyance of
the JMinister, who plots to murder him. The plot fails,
and ]\Iacarthy settles down as king, with a princess as
his bride, and lives happy ever after, as you and I may,
" as the story tellers have it." Shaun Glenvillc played
" Macarthy." Cast : 3 males and 2 females. Produced
on May 15th, 1911, at the Hippodrome, Portsmouth.

^•'Glenville (Mrs.). Kitty's Troubles. Comedy Sketch.

Produced at the Rotunda, Dublin, on Easter Monday,
April 17th, 1911, with the authoress — a well-known im-
personator of comedy characters in Irish pla}s — in the
title role. Cast : 2 males and 1 female.

•'•Burnett ("Francis Hodgson) and Stanley (Frederick
A.). JudyO'Hara. Play.

Produced in America, 1911.


^'^Tearlk (Godfrey^. The W'nifiii - (lumr. A l-Arf
Plav (which appeared in Pearson's Mar/a. ziiue.
April 1911).

It v»-as orisiiiiilly produeod for stnge- right pm'])osos at the
Duke of York's Theatre, London. First jjublie perform-
ance, September 4th, IQIi, at London Pavilion, with the
author in the part of a Canadian mounted policeman, and
Miss Mary Maloue in that of a young Irish girl new to the
rough ways of the "West.

••■Keiioe (P.). When Wexford Rose, etc.. to "98.

Published by the Echo Printing and Publishing Company,
Enniscorthv, 1911, with foreword by Kev. P. F. Kavanagh,
O.F.iM. (liie Historian of 1798).' Period : IMidsummer.
Locality : Near Oulart. Scene : A Cottage Interior.
After the rising a rebel seeks his mother's home
and soon the soldiers come to search the place. The
rebel makes his escape into another room, and his mother's
answers to the officer's queries not satisfying him, he is
about to arrest her. Her cries for help brings her son on
the scene and he is captured. The otficcr will let him off
if he informs on his comrades. This he refuses to do.
After a touching interview between mother and son, the
mother backs up her son's resojve. The officer is so

annoyed at this that he orders both mother and son to be
hanged, and the soldiers are about carrying out his com-
mands when a party of rebels arrive, and amid a scene of
much excitement, rescue the condemned pair. The piece
is well written, interesting and dramatic. Cast 3 males
and 1 fenialo. Played for the first time in Dublin at
Queen's, November 13, 1911.

Easter Fire on the Hill of KShuie. An Ano;lo-Irish

Produced by the pupils of St. ^lunchin's College, Limerick,
on May 7th, 1911. The play deals with the introduction of
Christianity into Ireland.

*I\1acCartiiy (Brian). Down in Kerry. An episode in
2 Acts.

The scene is laid in a cottage in Kerry, and the story it has
to tell in a simple way is the saving of a young country
uirl from the ^rcat white scourge through being sent to a


Banalorium in tlic nick of time. Tlio play is fiiinklj a
propagandist one, yet it gives a t-luirming picture of rural
life at the same time. Producod by amateurs at the Abbey
on Tuesday, February 28th, 1911. Cast : 3 males and 4

'STfAirr ((Icvalcl \'i1liors). The I )niiiis ot'Dooni. Tlay
in 1 Act.

The action of tlie play takes plac« in a Western State of
America. The wife of a condemned man is expecting his
reprieve at any moment, but, alas! it comes not in the
end, and the man dies. Cast : 2 males and 1 female.
Tlie part of tlic condemned man's wife — " Mrs. Jim Fitz-
gci'ald " — was played by Lady Tree at the Scala Theatre,
London, 1911.

The Doctor's Boy. Sketch.

Played at Rotunda, Dublin, on April ITtli, 1911. Cast:
3 males and 2 females.

The Bailiff of Bally fo3'le ; or, Ireland in the Penal Da3's.

Played by the Workmen's Club Dramatic Society at 41
York Street, on Wednesday, September 27th, 1911.

A Brand from the Burning. A Play in 1 Act.

Scene, the common room in Margaret Cesar's Inn, Carrick-
macross, in the year 1082. A rebel and the Cromwellian
soldiers play an important part in the plot. Cast : 4 males
and 2 females. Played, for the first time on any stage, by
the Farney Players at the Catholic Hall, Carrickmacross,
April 18th, 1911. Play written by a member of the

■•Ml'kray (Tom E.) and Baynes (Eustace), book and
lyrics by, and Ives (jMalcolm C), music by. The
Harem Doctor. A Musical Comedy in 3 Scenes.

The scenes take place in Market Place, Tunis, and Pasha's
Palace. " It concerns the adventures of a shipwrecked
Irish mariner — Felix Lucky — who, when disguised as a
French physician and appointed medical adviser and Grand
Vizier to the hypochondrical Pasha, prescribes ' Scotch


neat ' for liis Hii,'liiu_'ss and kissfS for the ladies of tlio
liavem." First played at the Queen's Park Hippodrome,
]\Iancliester, Monday, September 4th, 1911. Cast : 9 males
and 9 females.

*0'SiiEA (Patrick). Gliocas. A 1-Act Bi-lingual Play.

Performed, for the first time on any stage, at the Rotinida,
Dublin, at the Oireachtas, on Saturday, August 5th, 1911.
It deals with the troubles of an Englishman, who has been
pitchforked into a position for which he is uttci-ly nn-
suited — that of Old Age Pension Officer in an Irish-
speaking district, where English is unknown. Eight
characters in cast. The author hails from Caherdaniel,
County Kerry.

^Barlow (Jane). At the Hawthorne Bnsh. A Dialogue.

Read by J. M. Kerrigan, of the Abbey Theatre Company,
at the " Original Night." National Literary Society,
Dublin, February 27th, 1911. Miss Barlow is tlie daughter
of the Rev. J. W. Barlow, Vice-Provost of Trinity College,
Dublin. She was born at Clontarf, County Dublin.

A Bunch of Lavender. A Comedy of Irish Life

in 2 Scenes.

Played at the Theatre of Ireland in their Hall, Hardwicke
Street, Dublin, December 18th, 1911. Cast : 3 males and
3 females. The scene is laid in a garden. Time : Early
in the Nineteenth Century. Though the play is weighted
with words, there is an old world charm about it. A proud
woman disowns her son for mariying beneath him, and he
dies abroad, and the girl ho has wed also dies of a broken
heart. The grandfather of the latter comes to the lad3'"s
garden to gatlier a few flowers to strew over the grave of
his grand-daughter and is ordered out of the place. He
then puts a bitter curse on the place, and years after it
falls on the young man who is engaged to the proud
woman's daughter, and the play ends on tragic note. Frank-
Walker made a notable success in the role of old Murtagh

The Feis at Ancient Tara. A Historical pageant in
2 Acts.

Performed at Rotunda Gardens, Dublin, August, 1911.
Oireachtas Week. Produced bv Fred ]\[orrow.


Day (Miss II.). Out of Due]) Sliadow. Day.
Not yet acted.

McLoREN (John). The Soggarth Aroon.
Not yet acted.

lioGAN (Patrick). Tlio Widow's Curse.
Not yet played.

*MuLD0ON (Joseph Malachi). A Hospital Ward. A
Tragedy in 1 Act, founded on fact.

Scene, a ward in an American hospital. On the point of
death an Irish exile discovers that his nurse is the long
lost Eileen of his dreams. The little piece is a trifle
harrowing and over long drawn out. Cast : 3 males and 3
females. This piece was tried in the country before being
played at the Queen's, Dublin, on Monday, September 4th,
1911 (matinee), by the Irish Theatre and National Stage

The West's Awake. National Drama in 3 Acts.

Produced by the Sligo Dramatic Company in January, 1911.
Revived at Queen's, Dublin, by the Irish Theatre and
National Stage Company, Monday, June 26th, 1911.
Period of play, 1798. An exciting melodrama of the
popular kiiid, each scene ending in a thrilling situation.
■ Cast : 11 males and 3 females.

'="MuLDOox (John and Joseph). For Ireland's Sake; or,
Under the Green Flag. A Eomantic Irish Drama.
(Ponsonb}^. Is.

A Trinity Student. (1911). A Modern Comedy

in 5 Acts.

Therein is depicted the life of a Trinity student, whose
story, though humorous, is not without its pathos. The
scene of most of the comedy is laid in Dublin. To be pro-
duced by the Irish Theatre Company.

Around the World. Spectacular Entertainment in 15
Scenes, constituting pictures of various nations.

The final scene of part one represents Blarney Castle,
Ireland, and is full of sweet colleens and bliovs " with

lUlSlE l'l>AV8. ;]\o

shillelaghs " — a stago Iiviand oi the most approved pattern.
First produced at New York Hippodrome, September 2nd,

=-=GuiNAN (John). The Cuckoo's Nest. A Comedy in Irish
Life in 3 Acts, with a well drawn character sketch
of a middle-aged man as chief figure in the cast.

Not yet acted. (October, 1911).

Tlie Fairy Follower, A Play in I Act.

Published in the St. Patrick's Day No. of Wecldij Freeman,
1908, but not yet acted.

The Buckle Beggar. A Play in 1 Act. (1909).

Not yet acted nor printed. It is not unlikely that one of
Giiinau's plays may be produced at the Abbey shortly.

Rustic Rivals. A 1-Act Comedy. (1905).

Published in a special St. Patrick's Day Number of the
Weekly Freeman, 1906, but never yet acted.

Darling CS. Grenvillc). The Forge. An Irish Play in
3 Acts.

The scene is laid in some thinly-populated district in the
County Limerick, about twenty miles from the town, in
the present day. An aged blacksmith disowns his only
daughter because he thinks she has gone wrong with a
gentleman, and even when they are married he still will
Irave nothing to say to her, and goes to the poorhouso
sooner than accept anything at her hands. Cast : 7 males
and 2 females. The old man is a very powerfully drawn
character. Not yet acted. (October, 1911).

•^'BiRMiNcuiAM ((jcorgeA.). Eleanor's Enterprise. A 3-
Act Comedy of Irish life.

The scene is laid in the West of Ireland, and its story tells
how Eleanor Maxwell, a Girton girl, tries to better the con-
dition of the country folk, and how the experiment ends in
failure. First produced by the Independent Theatre Com-
pany at the Gaiety, Dublin, December 11, 1911, with great
success. John Connolly and Helena Moloney as Paudeen,


aud Mrs. Fiimegan, on whom "Eleanor's enterprise " falls,
won unstinted praise for their realistic character studies.
Cast : 7 males and 6 females. The Rev. J. 0.
Hanney, Rector of Westport, puts forth his literary efforts
under the name of " Birmingham." He has written quite
a number of novels on Irish subjects. This is his first play.

Vartan (Suseen') and Varian fJohn). CAicliulaiii :
Oisin the Hero. A Cycle of Plays. Crown 8vo.
Cloth. Is. Sealy, Bryers & Walker, Publishers.

Neither of those legendary plays have as yet been staged.

=-lioRK-BooTn (Eva). The Triunipli of Maeve. A

Cast in dramatic form. The main theme is the same as
that used in Mr. H. Pelissier's cantata, Con}ila of the
Ooldcn Hair. (Published by Longmans, Green and Co.
7s. 6d.) 190G. Never acted!'

The Buried Life of Deirdre. A Poetical Play.

Accepted by the Theatre of Ireland. (October, 1911). Not
yet acted.

'•■Mitchell (Susan L.), edited by. Leaguers and
Peelers; or, The Apple Cart. A Dramatic Saga
of the Dark Ages, in 2 Acts.

An amusing skit, written in verse to popular airs on up-to-
date Irish topics. Published in The Irish Review for
October, 1911. If produced at a Gaelic League entertain-
ment it would be likely to go right well.

'■TuRCELL (R. J.) and '-I^gran (F. G.). Pat Mailer's
Temptation. A Play in 3 Scenes. (1911).

Locality : The Townland of Cullamore, a mountainous dis-
trict in Munster. Cast : 3 males and 2 females. It has
not yet been acted. It is naturally and effectively written,
and ought to play well. The dialogue rings true and never
halts. Two small farmers of the name of Maher live close
to each other — Pat and Peter by name. They each have a
son in the States. Pat is in low water and Peter in easy
circumstances. The latter often hears from his son, who
scuds money regularly to the old folks at home; the former


never from his. All tlio incidents in the play centre round
a drunken postman's mislaying a registered letter addressed
to " Mr. P. Malicr " in Pat's house, and his neighbours
accusing him of stealing it, and when the letter is finally
opened it is found to be from Pat's son enclosing £60 — a
sum that will tide him over his difficulties. The writers are
Civil Servants.

•'Stepitens (Jaiiies). The Marriago of Julia Eliznbotli.
A ]3iiblin Comedy in 1 Act.

Played for the first time on the opening night of the
Theatre of Ireland's new Hall, Hardwicke Street, on
November 17th, 1911. Cast : 2 males and 1 female.
Scene : The living room in a humble home. The piece is
very slight, but full of common-folk Dublin talk. The
parents of Julia Elizabeth chat over their supper about their
daughter, who has been away from home since morning,
and who seems to do very much as she pleases. A yoimg
man comes on to proj^ose for her hand and her parents are
pleased to accept him, when a letter arrives from the absent
one informing her parents that " she has got married to a
man who keeps a fried fish shop that morning." Dejection
follows tbis announcement, and the young man departs
thanking them " for the very pleasant evening he has had."
Stephens, who wrote this piece, is a poet and storyteller of

'^Kelly (Paddy). Tlio West Wind. A Playlet in 2

Cast : 3 males and 1 female. Scene : Kitchen in a cottage.
This little piece is scarcely more than a chat between an
old oouple and a wanderer, who drops in and tells about
people he met on his wanderings and of the romance of his
early life. He recalls "The Tramp" in Synge's In tlic
Shadoiv of the Glen, in that he has a grab for " poetry
talk." Published in Christmas Number of Irish Indepen-
dent, December 2, 1911.

^•^ScoTT (Miss Molly F.). Charity. A Play in 1 Act.

Scene : A farm house. The central idea is that of a
peasant family who have slaved to the bone to put a son
in the church, and discovers after his death that his money,
which might liave set them on their feet, has been willed


to " chnrilv." Cast : T) mnlcs find 4 females. First pro-
duced at Uratid Opc-ru House, Belfast, by the Ulster Lite-
rary Theatre, on December 4, 1911. The author is a
native of Waterford and well known in musical and
dramatic circles.

*Paul (William). The Jorrybuildcrs. A2-ActPlay.

It is a realistic i)icture of a shop girl's fear of poverty and
dulness, and her desire of gaiety and leisure driving her
into a loveless marriage which ends tragically. The scene
opens in "Miss Begg's First Floor Front." Cast: 5
males and 5 females. First played at Grand Opera House,
Belfast, bv the Ulster Tjitorarv Theatre, on Tuesday, Dec. 5,

■^'Neil (J. CrawforcD. On the Telograpli Polo. A short

The Mriter of this little piece shows us two men working
on a pole above the housetops and commenting on what is
going on in the street below : A poet in an attic and a
servant girl from a top window join in the conversa-
tion. The Theatre of Ireland is likely to produce it shortly.
Neil revised The Widoiv Dempsey's Funeral for stage
representation at tlie Theatre of Ireland, December, 1911.

'•'La Brandt (Joseph). Through Death Valley; or,
The Mormon Peril. A Melodrama, in 4 Acts.

An American drama produced in London for the first time
at The Shakesjiearc, Clapham, on December 11, 1911. The
scene is laid at Utah, and the chief villain is a Mormon
elder, who, among otlier deeds of dreadful note, performs
or procures several murders, a good deal of mine-robbing,
a cruel case of heiress abduction, and the attempted anni-
liilation of the hero by having him bound to a big tree witli
a rattlesnake fastened near his ear. The villain also, and
under cover of a flag of truce, seeks to slay all opposers in
one batch, but in this, as in other attempts, he is foiled
by the hero, and virtue is triumphant in the end. There
is a comic Irish character, named Pat Cahill, in the cast,
which comprises of 12 males and 4 females. This drama
is well known in U.S.A.

Pf.arse (M. B.\ The Good People. A Comedv in 1

First played by the Leinster Stage Society at the Abbey
on Tuesday, December 26, 1911. It deals," as its title sug-.


gests, with Irish fairy lore. The author calls it " A plea
for an ancient people." Cast : 1 male and 3 females. The
scene is laid in a cottage in a fishing village near Dublin.
Mary Fitzgerald played well as Honor, an old country

Pat Among the Fairies; or, The Crock of Gohl. An

Played at Rotunda, Dublin, during Christmas week, 1911.
Mrs. Glenville in tl\c role of ^loUy, and Herbert Glenvillc
as Pat. How Pat finds himself among leprecauns, fairies,
gnomes, etc., and the dialogue which ensues makes excel-
lent fun.

Tatterson (W. M.).. ]\r.R.I.A. 8t. Patrick's Life. A

The pageant was illustrative of incidents in the life of the
saint. It took place at Ulster Hall, Belfast, early in
January, 1912. The central scone Mas that in which the

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