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When the Dawn is Come

A Tragedy in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    Thomas MacDonagh 

  • Setting

    50 years hence in Ireland at the time of the insurrection.
    Council Chamber of the Irish Army
    The action passes in one evening.

  • Synopsis

    An imagined evening of the "Council of Ireland", which comprises seven captains of the Irish insurgent army. Thurlough MacKeran, the Irish general, hatches a daring plot to defeat the opposing army, however he keeps his plans to himself rather than trust his captains.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Patrick Ryan Udolphus Wright
Mac Eamonn J.H. Dunne
Irish Soldier as Guard G. Fitzgerald
Ita MacOscar Sara Allgood
Connor O'Gatry J A O'Rourke
Thurlough MacKieran J M Kerrigan
Hugh MacOscar Sydney J Morgan
Reamonn O'Sullivan Arthur Sinclair
Sheela O'Hara Máire O'Neill (1)
Alexander Walker Fred O'Donovan (1)
Rory MacMahon Ambrose Power
Father John Joyce Eric Gorman
Irish Soldier as Guard Maurice McCall

Published Scripts

  • Title

    When the Dawn is Come by Thomas MacDonagh

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  • Published By


  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Title

    Four Rebel Plays/ Edited and Introduced by James Moran

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  • Published By

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Rights Information

  • Copyright Expired

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time. Published script available in The National Library.