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The Wise Have Not Spoken

A play in three acts


  • Playwright

    Paul Vincent Carroll 

  • Setting

    The kitchen in Peter McElroy's farmhouse in County Louth

  • Synopsis

    A farming family battle with mental illness and poverty.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Francis Cyril Cusack
Sean Mulligan Harry Brogan
Catherine Brid Lynch
Sylvester Tiffney Michael J. Dolan
Martyn Langley Brian O'Higgins
Una Eithne Dunne
Dr Rafferty Fred Johnson
Andy Redfern Liam Redmond
Paddy Ardee F J McCormick
Peter MacElroy Denis O'Dea
Production Team  
Settings by Alicia Sweetman
Produced by Frank Dermody
Stage Manager Udolphus Wright

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Two Plays: The Wise Have Not Spoken [and] Shadow and Substance

  • Year


  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

  • Address


Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email


  • Website


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Helena Carroll

  • Address

    Apt No 480 The Whitby Apartments
    325 West 45th Street
    New York

  • Phone

    001 212 246 0430 ext 418

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings of the time.