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The Moral Law

A Play in One Act by R.J. Ray


  • Playwright

    R.J. Ray 

  • Setting

    Time - Spring 1921 Scene - The sitting-room of John Shannon's house

  • Synopsis

    A tragedy about a father-son conflict. John Shannon is an ex-Head Constable of the R.I.C.; his son is a rebel republican who has been implicated in the murder of a district inspector. Faced with this terrible moral dilemma, the elder Shannon must make a choice between between duty and love.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
John Shannon Michael J. Dolan
A Military Captain Eric Gorman
A Soldier P J McDonnell
Sergeant Bullen Maurice Esmonde
Michael Shannon P.J. Carolan
A Soldier W. O'Hara
Mrs. Shannon Helena Molony
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Company Manager Lennox Robinson


  • Copyright Expired


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