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The Enthusiast

A Comedy in Two Scenes

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Lewis Purcell 

  • Setting

    A farm kitchen in the southern part of County Antrim.

  • Notes

    It was a policy during the early years of the Ulster Literary Theatre not to name actors in programmes.

  • Synopsis

    James McKinstry, a student, is home on holidays at his father's farm in County Antrim, and keen to introduce co-operative farming to the locale. Calling a mass meeting of local villagers to do so, he finds his attempt merely ends in sectarian fighting and by the play's end James is entirely disheartened.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    4

  • Cast Size Female

    1

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
James A. Anonymous
Sam A. Anonymous
Minnie A. Anonymous
William John McKinstry A. Anonymous
Rab A. Anonymous
Aunt Marget A. Anonymous

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    The Enthusiast, Uladh (vol.1, no. 5, May/Bealtaine)

  • Year

    1905

  • Published By

    Ulster Literary Theatre

  • Address

    Belfast
    Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Title

    Its Own Way of Things: The Enthusiast by Lewis Purcell and Thompson in Tir-na-nOg by Gerald MacNamara

  • Edited by

    Hugh Odling-Smee

  • Year

    2004

  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • ISBN

    1904652190

RIGHTS INFORMATION

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Information for this entry was taken from Sam Hanna Bell's 'The Theatre in Ulster'; Uladh, the Ulster Literary Theatre's magazine; the published script; and from contemporary reviews.