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The Shadowy Waters


  • Playwright

    William Butler Yeats 

  • Setting

    The Deck of a Galley

  • Synopsis

    An old love story. The ancient Sea God Forgael embarks on a journey. He communicates with souls appearing to him in the guise of birds, who promise him love should he follow them. His crew, believing him to be mad, capture a ship upon which they find a queen, and eventually leave Forgael and the woman alone to follow the birds.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Aibric P.J. Kelly
Forgael Frank Fay
Prologue Spoken By Honor Lavelle
Sailors G. Roberts
Dectora Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh
Helmsman Seumus O'Sullivan
Sailors P. MacShiubhlaigh

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Copyright Expired

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.