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A Disciple

A Comedy in One Act


  • Playwright

    Teresa Deevy 

  • Setting

    Post-revolutionary Ireland

  • Notes

    First performed as 'A Disciple', the play was published under this title in 'The Dublin Magazine' (Volume XII:1)in 1937. It was later republished in 1947 in a collection of Deevy's one-act play's under the title 'In Search of Valour', and has also been performed and published as 'The Enthusiast'.

  • Synopsis

    Longing to escape her dull and restricted life, the young domestic servant Ellie takes inspiration from Shakespeare's 'Corialanus' and sets out to find herself a hero...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mrs Maher May Craig
Mrs Glitteron Eileen Crowe
Stacia Claremorris Maureen Delaney
Jack the Scalp Denis O'Dea
Mr Glitteron Barry Fitzgerald
Ellie Irwin Kate Curling
A Detective P.J. Carolan
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The King of Spain's daughter, and other one-act plays/by Teresa Deevy

  • Year


  • Published By

    New Frontiers Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Jacqueline Deevy

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


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.