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The Spraying of John O'Dorey


  • Playwright

    John B. Keane 

  • Setting

    Set in a courtroom in rural Ireland in the year 2052.

  • Notes

    Produced as a part of 'Values' a triple bill of Keane one-acts including 'Backwater' and 'The Pure of Heart'.

  • Synopsis

    A comedic look at how if the ultra-conservationists got their way in the future, the killing of a flea would be a prosecutable offence, whereby the breaking of the commandment of conservation is punishable by death, in a world where people may become more expendable than the environmental creatures.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    25 April 1973

  • Producer

    Produced by Theatre of the South

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Group Theatre, Cork.

Original Cast  
Mr. Crystal B.L. Michael Twomey
Prof. Hubert Analis Flor Dullea
Judge Mary O'Donovan (1)
Miss Lily Malone S.P.G.C. Mary Foley
John O'Dorey Eamon Nash
Mr. Fog B.L. Donal O'Sullivan
Court Clerk Dick Healy
Mary O'Dorey Norma Gleeson
Production Team  
Decor by Bill Coughlan
Produced by Dan Donovan
Produced by Flor Dullea

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Mercier Press

  • Address

    Unit 3B, Oak House
    Bessboro Road, Blackrock
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)21 4614700

  • Email


  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Drama League of Ireland

  • Address

    Mill Theatre
    Dundrum Town Centre
    Dundrum, Dublin 16
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)1 2969343

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript.