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  • Playwright

    Maurice G. Meldon 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in Ireland's Glorious Past.

  • Synopsis

    A young girl is to be auctioned with the consent of Dublin Castle. During the auction she is rescued by men in trenchcoats and goes on the run. She meets a poet and agrees to marry him, but a young priest objects and exiles them both to a life on the run, where they become Emer and Cuchulainn, Diarmuid and Grainne before returning to their contemporary selves.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    04 April 1953

  • Producer

    Produced by Nora Lever Productions

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the '37' Theatre Club premises on O'Connell St., Dublin, a venue the company had just acquired in January of 1953.

Original Cast  
Padraigeen Mullarkey Barry Cassin
Ua Murracoo Kevin Hudson
Sean Paschal Finnan
Fourth Woman Margaretta D'Arcy
Bystander Gilbert McIntyre
Second Woman Isobel Couser
Donal Ryan Eamon Keane
Liam Norman Rodway
Cathbad Norman Rodway
Shaughnessy Norman Rodway
First Woman Ruth Durley
Chairman Maurice Good
Yank Maurice Good
Man Pat Byrne(2)
Finn Pat Byrne(2)
Clergyman Pat Byrne(2)
Cabilte Art O'Phelan
Mr. Cummins Art O'Phelan
Wilson Maurice Selwyn
Man Arthur McCaffrey
Auctioneer Arthur McCaffrey
Harris Arthur McCaffrey
Third Woman Anne Robson
Major General John Holliday
Mairead Pamela Scott
CaithlĂ­n Colette Delaney
Kiddo Denise Browne
Woman Muriel Bamford
First Woman Councillor Patricia Connor
Second Woman Councillor Peggy Breen
Harpist Anne Allen
Production Team  
Decor by Ruth Durley
Lighting Barry Cassin
Produced by Barry Cassin
Associate Producer Nora Lever
Stage Management Margaretta D'Arcy
Stage Management Gilbert McIntyre
Stage Management Arthur McCaffrey

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.