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The Woman

A Play in Three Acts.


  • Playwright

    Margaret O'Leary 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in the County Cork.

  • Notes

    Remarking on the audience's enthusiastic reaction to the play, critic Joseph Holloway suggested that O'Leary's piece was in some respects a female response to Synge's Playboy Of The Western World,and that the gypsy Ellen Dunne bore certain similarities to Christy Mahon.

  • Synopsis

    Maurice O'Hara, a widower with two children, falls in love with gypsy Ellen Dunn, but is unwilling to part with his life of comfort to live with her by the side of the road.

    A realist peasant drama set in rural county Cork.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Kitty Doyle Mairead Bonass
John O'Hara P.J. Carolan
Tim Murnane Michael Clarke (1)
William Dunn John Stephenson (1)
Maurice Arthur Shields
A Stranger Denis O'Dea
Jer Murnane F J McCormick
Ellen Dunn Eileen Crowe
Mrs. Dunn May Craig
James Deasy Michael J. Dolan
Mrs. O'Hara Maureen Delany
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Assistant Producer Arthur Shields
Stage Manager Arthur Shields
Secretary J.H. Perrin

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email


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Source Of Information

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