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  • Playwright

    James Cheasty 

  • Setting

    Set in the Dolans' living room in an east coast provincial town.

  • Synopsis

    Francey Dolan and his family are enjoying a ordinary life. Through a successful claim on an insurance company, they come into a great deal of money. Cheasty's play examines how this sudden influx of cash destroys the decent family. Francey buys himself a pub and unable to run it properly runs it into the ground. His youngest son gets a sports car and takes to the fast life of racetracks, golfclubs and assaulting members of the GardaĆ­. The eldest son having been offered nothing is very offended and emigrates to England. All of this disintegration is watched by Mrs. Dolan, clad in her fur coat, as her hopes turn to ashes.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mr. Keegan John Cowley
Kit Murphy Anne Brogan
Mr. Cowley Tom Irwin
Jimmy Derek Young
Jock Flynn John MacDarby
Carl Brendan Matthews
Moll Hogan Annie D'Alton
Francey Dolan Leo McCabe
Nan Moira Deady
Production Team  
Director Stanley Illsley
Settings by Robert Heade

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.