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Marrowbone Lane


  • Playwright

    Robert Collis 

  • Setting

    Top Floor of a tenement house in Marrowbone Lane.

  • Synopsis

    A play about Dublin tenement life. A young girl from Mayo marries into a tenement family and is shocked by the world of grinding poverty her ne'er-do-well husband has brought her into, and the threats that this poses to the wellbeing of her baby.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
First House Surgeon Christopher Casson
First Clerk Tyrell Pine
Second House Surgeon Lea Hollinshead
First Workman James Howlett
Hospital Porter James Howlett
Joe Mullen Michael Golden
Nurse O'Driscoll Olive Hobson
First Man Wilfred Brambell
Second Clerk Wilfred Brambell
Nurse Louise Hutton
First Girl Sonia McCairns
Mr. Barrett Roy Irving
Mary Shelah Richards
Martin Healy Micheál Mac Liammóir
Second Girl Sally Travers
Surgeon Emerton Court
Mrs. Kane Cathleen Murphy
Porter James Devoy
Second Workman James Devoy
Mrs. Mullins Meriel Moore
Maggie Máirín Hayes
Mrs. Drennan Dorothy Day
Jim Kane Robert Hennessy (1)
Woman Ingrid McDermot
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Costumes Christina Keely
Musician Bay Jellett
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Margaret McNamee
Set Painter Molly McEwen

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Marrowbone Lane, a play in three acts by Robert Collis

  • Year


  • Published By

    The Runa Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

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