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The Fiddler's House


  • Playwright

    Padraic Colum 

  • Setting

    The action passes in the Hourican's house in the Irish Midlands.

  • Notes

    The Fiddler's House is a revised version of an earlier play by Colum, 'Broken Soil', which was produced by The Irish National Theatre Society in 1903

  • Synopsis

    Courn Hourican, the fiddler, has been set up in a house by his daughters who have taken him in from his wandering ways. Both daughters eventually find love, but one sacrifices her relationship so as to accompany her father when he eventually falls back into his old vagabond habits.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 March 1907

  • Producer

    Produced by Theatre of Ireland (1906 - 1912)

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Performed at the Rotunda, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Original Cast  
Anne Hourican Eileen O'Doherty
Maire Hourican Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh
James Moynihan P. MacShiubhlaigh
Brian MacConnell Edward Keegan
Conn Hourihan Joseph Goggin

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of Padraic Colum

  • Address

    c/o Cliona Colum Ní Shuilleabháin
    Republic of Ireland

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published script, with addtional information from Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh’s 'The Splendid Years'(1955)