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The Mist That Does Be On the Bog

A Fog in One Act


  • Playwright

    Gerald Macnamara 

  • Setting

    A cottage in Connemara.

  • Synopsis

    A farce in which well-to-do northerners Fred Magill, his wife Gladys and sister-in-law Cissy Dodd rent Michael Quinn's cottage in the West of Ireland. Seeking to rehearse their new folk play in authentic surroundings, they disguise themselves in peasant costume and attempt to pass as locals. In the process, they encounter Clarence St. John, a Dublin playwright who unknown to them is also under disguise, wanting to add local colour to his work. The two parties valiantly keep up their respective pretences until St. John and Cissy fall in love, and their respective schemes are revealed to the satisfaction of all.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Clarence St. John Ross Canmer
Fred Magill G.A. Charters
Gladys Magill Mary Crothers
Cissy Dodd Seveen Canmer
Michael Quinn J.M. Harding
Bridget Quinn Margaret O'Gorman

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of Gerald MacNamara, Special Edition, Journal of Irish Literature, 17

  • Year


  • Published By

    Proscenium Press

  • Address

    Newark, Delaware

Rights Information

  • Copyright Expired

Source Of Information

Information for this entry came from Kathleen Danaher Parks, 'Gerald Macnamara, Ulster Playwright'; from Sam Hanna Bell's 'The Theatre in Ulster'; from the published play script, and from reviews of the premiere production.