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The Flame

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Austin Clarke 

  • Setting

    The 'House of the Fire' in Kildare

  • Synopsis

    A novice nun, Attracta, sees a vision of Absalom, hanging by his hair. Against the rules of the convent, she is prompted to regrow her own hair; she also neglects the tending of St Brigid's flame, kept for centuries by the convent's nuns.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Notes

    Listed in the Dramatis personae are Nun, Novice, Abbess and Sisters of the Community.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    1941

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    First performed by the Dublin Verse-Speaking Society on the Peacock stage. Later revived at the Abbey Theatre by the Lyric Theatre Company. Premiered by the School of Speech Training and Drama in Edinburgh in June 1932. Also performed at the British Drama League Festival in 1936 and at the Oxford Festival of Spoken Poetry, 1938.

Original Cast  

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Collected Plays by Austin Clarke

  • Year

    1963

  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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