The kitchen of the McShane's farm, near the shores of Lough Neagh, on a fine 13th of July morning. Published script says, "before the late troubles in Belfast".
This play originated as a piece called 'Unrest' which won a prize in the Northern Drama League 1929 playwrighting competition, with comments on it by adjudicator St. John Ervine published "in the principal Irish, English and Scottish papers on on 22 May 1929". It appears to have subsequently been renamed "A Quiet Twelfth", and in this version was described as being produced "for the first time in any theatre" as listed here.
In the aftermath of the Twelfth celebrations Johnny McShane, a Catholic, worries that he has accidentally killed his Orangeman neighbour and friend Joe Anderson in sectarian squabbling the previous day. Joe,meanwhile, believes that he has killed Johnny. A comedy of errors ensues, but ultimately all ends happily for everyone, except Johnny's long-suffering wife Mrs. McShane, whose work never ends whatever the excitement.
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