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Harlequin's Positions

A Play in Five Acts


  • Playwright

    Jack B Yeats 

  • Setting

    The fictional town of Portnadroleen, County Sligo

  • Notes

    The script of 'Harlequin's Positions' was long presumed lost. The Irish Times reported in 1966 that an Oxford academic had finally located the missing typescript with the help of the artist's niece, Anne Yeats. A handwritten playscript is currently held as part of the Jack B. Yeats Collection in the archives of NUI Galway.

  • Synopsis

    Rumours of war force a wealthy heiress to cut short her cruise and introduce tension and disquiet to a small Sligo town.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Boy Finbar Howard
Second Porter Dermot Kelly
Claire Gillane Sheila Maguire
Madame Rose Bosanquet Evelyn Mac Neice
Alfred Clonboise Wilfred Brambell
Johnny Gillane Robert Mooney
Guard Gearoid Ó hIceadha
First Pilot Victor Boyd
Second Pilot John McDarby
Annie Jennings Anne Potter
First Porter Michael Kinsella
Apple Woman Sarah O'Kelly
Kate Moira McSwiggan
Production Team  
Director Ria Mooney
Director Cecil Ford
Set Designer Anne Yeats
Stage Manager John McDarby
Assistant Stage Manager Michael Kinsella
Scenic Artist Anne Yeats
Carpenter Gearoid Ó hIceadha



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

  • Email

  • Website


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.