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The Retrievers

A Comedy in Three Acts, by George Shiels


  • Playwright

    George Shiels 

  • Setting

    A rural area on the northern side of the border, harvest time 1922.

  • Synopsis

    Veering between grim realism and moments of high farce, the play features land disputes, secret societies and a mad old woman determined to protect her land against the backdrop of rising sectarian tensions.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mrs. Snider Ria Mooney
John Dollas P.J. Carolan
Dan Mulgrew Gabriel J. Fallon
Grace Duat Shelah Richards
Sally Scullion Sara Allgood
Pat Hacket Tony Quinn (1)
Joe Kiernan Peter Nolan
Steve Maguire Arthur Shields
Reub Snider F J McCormick
Maurya Dollas May Craig
Peter Duat Michael J. Dolan
Mrs. Dollas Maureen Delany
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Michael J. Dolan
Stage Manager F J McCormick

Published Scripts

Unpublished Scripts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

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email


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