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The Dandy Dolls


  • Playwright

    George Fitzmaurice 

  • Setting

    Roger Carmody's kitchen.

  • Synopsis

    Roger Carmody spends his days making Dandy Dolls (like a poppet or a corn dolly), much to his wife’s chagrin. When he isn’t making Dandy Dolls, he’s out stealing his neighbour’s poultry. Every time he completes a doll it is stolen by the hag’s son and he has to begin all over again. A visit from the mysterious Grey Man, who takes interest in the dolls, seems to herald a change in Roger’s fortunes.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    02 December 1945

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Austin Clarke's Lyric Theatre Company.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Written in 1912, 'The Dandy Dolls' was rejected by the Abbey and remained unperformed for over 30 years. It is considered by many to be Fitzmaurice's finest work and has been revived on a number of occasions since his death.

Original Cast  
Cauth Josephine Fitzgerald
Timmeen Oliver Bradley
Hag's son George Green
Grey Man Maurice Selwyn
Roger Carmody Patrick Nolan
Hag of Barna Florence Lynch
The Child Muriel Davis
Father James B.J. Bastable
Keerby, the priest's clerk George Wilcox
Production Team  
Settings by Anne Yeats
Produced by Evelyn Mac Neice


  • Title

    The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume One ( Introduced by Austin Clark)

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The George Fitzmaurice Society

  • Address

    c/o Fiona Brennan (trustee)
    Knocknagree, County Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    087 6494409

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from 'The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume I', edited and introduced by Austin Clarke. Additional information was taken from Fiona Brennan's monograph, 'George Fitzmaurice: Wild in His Own Way', and from the Abbey Theatre website.