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Collecting the Rent

A Play in One Act

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Hugh Quinn 

  • Setting

    "A small street in the Falls Road district of Belfast" (programme), "as the late troubles in Ireland are dying away" (published script).

  • Synopsis

    A short play in which a rent agent, escorted by an armed sergeant, is doing his round of Belfast's Falls Road streets after some civil disturbances. While the sergeant is talking to Ikey, a Jewish pedlar, about troubled times, and being deliberately distracted by tough local women, the rent man is robbed of his book and money. It emerges that the money is to be redistributed to locals, while the book is to show who has been paying rent, as the play takes place at the time of a rent strike.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    3

  • Cast Size Female

    2

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Sergeant McLoughlin Charles Fagan
Mrs O'Toole Nancy Cullen
Miss Shiels Elizabeth Begley
Ikey Thomas Gibson
The Rent Collector Richard Gibson
Production Team  
Director Richard Hayward
Producer J.R. Mageean
Stage Director Dan Fitzpatrick

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Mrs McConaghy's Money and Other Plays

  • Introduction by

    St. John Greer Ervine

  • Year

    1932

  • Published By

    Constable & Co. Ltd

  • Address

    London
    England

RIGHTS INFORMATION

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Information for this entry has come from the company programme for the premiere production, and from the published play script.