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The Gombeen Man

A Play in Three Acts

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    R.J. Ray 

  • Setting

    Small rural village.

  • Notes

    A manuscript version of this play survives in the National Library under the title 'Gombeenism'.

  • Synopsis

    Stephen Kiniry, known as the Gombeen man, is feared and disliked by the community. When he discovers that his wife cannot provide him with a son, he tries to driver her to suicide. She flees one night and her father and neighbours think that he has finally driven her mad. She returns to her husband with the news that she is to have a child after all, but has been warned by a wise woman that the child is unlikely to turn out well...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    2

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

    info@nli.ie

  • Website

    www.nli.ie

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Copyright Expired

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.