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The Wooing of Duvessa


  • Playwright

    Michael Joseph (M.J.) Molloy 

  • Synopsis

    In his comedy, unusually set aginst a backdrop of Catholic persecution in 1715-16, Molloy introduces us to the Kelly's, a once wealthy family who now are reduced to farming a small plot of land to survive. Honoria, the mother wants to marry off her middle daughter, Duvessa, to the wealthiest suitor, although Duvessa has other plans. In a plot that involves the selling of guns for gúnas, the resurrection of the family saint and farming at night Honoria struggles to reposition her family where she believes they belong.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Various Characters Pat Laffan
Thady Micheál Ó Briain
Donogh O'Higgins Pat Layde
Various Characters Jack Kelly
Cathal the Harper Vincent Dowling
Various Characters John MacDarby
Various Characters Seán Sharkey
Duvessa Kelly Máire Ní Néill
Various Characters Roibeárd Buirs
Sir Walter Burke Geoff Golden
Captain Ulick Burke Edward Golden
Various Characters Clive Geraghty
Various Characters Stephen Rea
Honoria Kelly Joan O'Hara
Various Characters Des Cave
Various Characters Donal McCann
Fr. Hugh Peadar Lamb
Eithne Kelly Angela Newman
Nuala Kelly Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Colonel Dawson Bill Foley
Various Characters Cóilín Ó Leanna
Production Team  
Settings by Brian Collins
Produced by Frank Dermody

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

The information for this entry was taken from published material.