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The Man Who Missed the Tide

A Play in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    W.F. Casey 

  • Setting

    The Town of Baragh

  • Synopsis

    A young Dr. Quinn moves into the small Northern town of Baragh. He becomes bored and realises that the only two options for him are drink or marriage. He rejects drink as an answer to his boredom and discusses marriage with his friend James Walsh who has spent time in a seminary. The second act sees Dr. Quinn marry. Walsh, meanwhile, is in love with his wife's sister and so begins to visit Mrs. Quinn in the evenings to discuss his dilemma with her. Gossip ensues and they are believed to be having an affair. Walsh is then forced to propose to Mrs. Quinn's sister to correct the misunderstanding but is rejected. Quinn and his wife agree to leave the town and Walsh ends up drunk in a gutter.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible, see original production for details


Original Cast  
James Walsh Fred O'Donovan (1)
A Housemaid Eileen O'Doherty
A Barmaid Eileen O'Doherty
Sheila Kennedy Máire O'Neill (1)
Dr Gerald Quinn Arthur Sinclair
Martin Kelly J M Kerrigan
Mrs Gerald Quinn Sara Allgood


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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