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The Workhouse Ward

A Comedy in One Act


  • Playwright

    Lady Gregory 

  • Synopsis

    Two paupers, Mike MacInerney and Michael Miskell, both confined to their adjacent beds in a hospital ward, are bitter enemies. However when the sister of Mike MacInerney arrives and offers to take him home to work on her farm, he suggests she bring the other Michael also, as they never synchronise their periods of illness, thus she would always have an able hand. She refuses to take the two, and Mike MacInerney insists on staying with his 'companion'. As soon as her back is turned to go out the door, they begin their bitter arguments once again.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Michael Miskell Fred O'Donovan (1)
Mrs Donoghue Máire O'Neill (1)
Mike McInerney Arthur Sinclair

Published Scripts

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.