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The Plot Succeeds


  • Playwright

    Austin Clarke 

  • Synopsis

    Mongan Mor of Ulster and Manus, his adviser, try to win back their wives from the uxorious Branduv of Leinster, who won them in a game of chess. The men enlist the help of the sea god Manannán Mac Lir to confound Branduv.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Mongan Mór of Ulster Cyril Cusack
Soldier Gerard Mangan
Soldier Michael Rayneau
Woman of the Household Mairead Connaughton
Woman of the Household Doreen Fitzpatrick
Woman of the Household Joan McAuliffe
Captain Dermot MacDermott
Gráinne Patricia Plunkett
Abbot Cormac Robert Hennessy (2)
Manus Alex Andrews
Soldier Matt Horgan
Soldier Brendan Dillon
Manannaun MacLir Maurice Selwyn
Branduv of Leinster Brian O'Higgins
Dulaca Eithne Dunne
Woman of the Household Joan Stynes
Soldier Michael McCabe(2)
Fergus Pat Nolan(2)
Blathnaid Ita Little
Soldier Austin Byrne
Brother Malachi W. O'Gorman
Dancer Maurice Selwyn
Speaker Patrick Cowman
Production Team  
Costume Designer Victor Brown
Produced by Austin Clarke
Produced by W. O'Gorman

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Austin Clarke : Collected Plays

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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Source Of Information

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