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Black Oliver


  • Playwright

    John Guinan 

  • Setting

    A room in a lonely farmhouse.

  • Notes

    'Black Oliver' was privately published by the author in 1927. As the print run only came to fifty, relatively few copies survived, though one can be viewed at the National Library. An Irish translation by Séan Mac Gaibhneáin was published by An Gúm in 1935, but appears never to have been performed.

  • Synopsis

    A man is working on a book about a sinister figure of local tradition, Black Oliver. He is accompanied by his friend who is illustrating the book and they are tended to by a servant, Skelp, who claims that the titular blackguard was merely a figment of his great-grandfather's imagination.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male



Original Cast  
Fear gan Ainm F J McCormick
Giolla na Naomh Arthur Shields
Skelp Gabriel J. Fallon
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Stage Manager Arthur Shields


  • Published in Irish as

  • Title

    Oilibhéar Dubh

  • Year


  • Published By

    An Gúm

  • Address

    Foras na Gaeilge, 7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean
    Baile Átha Cliath 2
    Baile Átha Cliath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    1850 325 325 / 0845 309 8142 (TÉ)

  • Email


  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

  • Website


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