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The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet

A Sermon in Crude Melodrama by G. Bernard Shaw


  • Playwright

    George Bernard (GB) Shaw 

  • Setting

    The Wild West

  • Synopsis

    Blanco Posnet, a horse thief, is converted despite his wish 'to keep the devil in him'.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Hannah Sheila O'Sullivan
Lottie Kathleen Mullamphy
Jessie Mary Nairn
Emma Annie O'Hynes
Nestor A.J. Goulden
Jurymen, Boys, etc. J. Fitzgerald
Jurymen, Boys, etc. H. Harford
Jurymen, Boys, etc. J. Downes
Jurymen, Boys, etc. Hugh Barden
Jurymen, Boys, etc. P. Murphy
Jurymen, Boys, etc. J.H. Dunne
Feemy Evans Sara Allgood
Jurymen, Boys, etc. Udolphus Wright
Waggoner Joe Eric Gorman
Blanco Posnet Fred O'Donovan (1)
Babsy Eileen O'Doherty
The Woman Máire O'Neill (1)
Elder Daniels Arthur Sinclair
Sheriff Kemp Sydney J Morgan
Strapper Kemp J M Kerrigan
Foreman of Jury J A O'Rourke
Jurymen, Boys, etc. J. O'Brien

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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