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The Jailbird

A Comedy in Three Acts, by George Shiels

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    George Shiels 

  • Setting

    Mary Anne's workroom at eleven o'clock on a spring morning.

  • Synopsis

    A broad farce with stock characters, predictable plot, but excellent dialogue. Dan Farn returns to his home village after a long stretch in jail and promptly marries an attractive widow. The neighbours crank the rumour mill with gusto and her bitchy step-daughter makes life difficult for him. But as we know Dan to have been wrongly convicted and an all-round decent skin, the tables will turn in his favour in the end.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    5

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
James Kelsey Michael J. Dolan
Mrs. Kelsey May Craig
Mary Anne Eileen Crowe
Mr. Bunton Fred Johnson
Miss Jean Maureen Delaney
A Police Sergeant W. O'Gorman
Dan Farn F J McCormick
Charlie Arthur Shields
Martha Shelah Richards
Mr. Chesney P.J. Carolan
Lily Frollie Mulhern
Production Team  
Settings by Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Musical Director F.M. May
Produced by Hugh Hunt

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    The Jailbird: a comedy in three acts by George Shiels

  • Year

    1936

  • Published By

    The Abbey Theatre

  • Address

    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 887 2200

  • Email

    info@abbeytheatre.ie

  • Website

    www.abbeytheatre.ie

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    Buckinghamshire
    SL9 8XA
    England

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email

    cs@colinsmythe.co.uk

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings of the time.