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The Pure of Heart


  • Playwright

    John B. Keane 

  • Setting

    Set on a roadside on a June Evening.

  • Notes

    Produced as a part of 'Values' a triple bill of Keane one-acts including 'The Spraying of John O'Dorey' and 'Backwater'.

  • Synopsis

    Looking at the fifth and sixth commandments and highlighting their importance in the hierarchy of religious interpretation, Keane puts the moral hypocrisy - which places adultery far higher up the ladder of iniquity than cold-blooded murder - at the centre of this farce.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male



  • Date of First Production

    25 April 1973

  • Producer

    Produced by Theatre of the South

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Group Theatre, Cork.

Original Cast  
Alaphonsus Fonce James N. Healy
Bartholomew Lane Michael Twomey
Murt O'Brien Eamon Nash
Production Team  
Decor by Bill Coughlan
Produced by Dan Donovan
Produced by Flor Dullea


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Mercier Press

  • Address

    Unit 3B, Oak House
    Bessboro Road, Blackrock
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)21 4614700

  • Email

  • Website

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Drama League of Ireland

  • Address

    Mill Theatre
    Dundrum Town Centre
    Dundrum, Dublin 16
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)1 2969343

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript.