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The Pie-Dish

A One-Act Tragedy


  • Playwright

    George Fitzmaurice 

  • Setting

    Cottage in North Kerry

  • Synopsis

    Incapacitated by a stroke and alienated from his own family, the elderly Leum Donaghue grows increasingly obsessed with finishing his ornamental clay pie-dish before he dies. He has both his interfering daughters and the pompous local priest to contend with however...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Johanna Máire O'Neill (1)
Leum Donoghue Arthur Sinclair
Jack Sydney J Morgan
Father Troy J M Kerrigan
Eugene J A O'Rourke
Margaret Sara Allgood

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume Two ( Introduced by Howard K. Slaughter)

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The George Fitzmaurice Society

  • Address

    c/o Fiona Brennan (trustee)
    Knocknagree, County Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    087 6494409

  • Email


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.