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Away from the Moss

An Ulster-Idaho comedy in three acts


  • Playwright

    George Shiels 

  • Author Notes

    George Shiels wrote this play under the pseudonym Geo. S.Morshiel
  • Notes

    The cast and character lists for this entry are drawn from reviews of the premiere production. As such, cast size details should be taken as approximate.

  • Synopsis

    A comedy in which Mulvenna, an Ulster student recently turned fugitive, goes to Bull Moose City, Idaho. There he encounters Brice Walker, who like Mulvenna is originally from "the Moss" in Ulster. He, a Protestant who has spent years living in Idaho, takes this son of his former Catholic neighbour under his wing. The two team up with various other compatriots to win through a tough situation.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Barney Bruan Gerald Macnamara
Matt Mulvenns Norman Gray
Pat O'Kennedy Charles K. Ayre
P.J.N. Slattery J.G. Abbey
Brice Walker Walter Kennedy
Auntie O'Hay Irene Boyd
Unspecified Character(s) Moya Reynolds
Unspecified Character(s) William Johnston
Unspecified Character(s) William Black

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from reviews of the premiere production, and from Margaret McHenry's 'The Ulster Theatre in Ireland'.