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A play in one act


  • Playwright

    Lynn Doyle 

  • Setting

    The kitchen of a farmhouse in County Down.

  • Synopsis

    Simon Savage, a farmer, is impatient with gauche son Matthew's attempts to woo Minnie Ross, the daughter of a neighbouring widow. Attempting to boost his son's confidence, he offers to lend him his fine own coat, and to wear Matthew's in the meanwhile. The coat swop works in both directions, however, so that the father assumes youthful vigour, and the son a certain gravitas. Simon becomes taken with Minnie, and Matthew with her mother, until by the end of the play, they begin to realise the value of what they had. The expectations of another generation ultimately prove too much for each, and it is with some relief that they revert to their usual roles.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    04 September 1922

  • Producer

    Produced by Ulster (Literary)Theatre

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the Liverpool Playhouse.

Original Cast  
Simon Savage A. Anonymous
Matthew Savage A. Anonymous
Mrs. Ross A. Anonymous
Minnie Ross A. Anonymous

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Turncoats, a play in one act

  • Year


  • Published By

    Talbot Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Lynn Doyle Archive, Belfast Central Library

  • Address

    Belfast Ulster and Irish Studies Department,
    Royal Avenue
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    +44 (0)28 9050 9150

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry has come from Margaret McHenry's 'The Ulster Theatre in Ireland', from the published play script, and from the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library.