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The Cobweb

A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    F Jay 

  • Setting

    Dublin Castle, 1798.

  • Synopsis

    Secretary Cooke has enlisted several informers in the hope of capturing the leader of United Irishmen. His niece Kate,however, develops an interest in Eustace Hyme, one of suspected rebels. Hyme is falsely accused of murder by one of Cooke's informers, and is forced to admit to the crime. Kate overhears the confession and believes him guilty. When she hears that Hime has been shot, she dies of a broken heart. Her death forces her uncle to question the value of his work.

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Original Cast  
Dr Trevor Eric Gorman
Eustace Hyme Philip Guiry
Kate Caraher Eithne Magee
Secretary Cooke Arthur Sinclair
Slippoon H E Hutchinson
Leonard McNally Sean Connolly
Pinlock Michael Conniffe
Production Team  
Produced by Andrew Patrick Wilson


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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.