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A Play in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    Lennox Robinson 

  • Author Notes

    Produced under the name S L Robinson
  • Setting

    Rural Cork.

  • Synopsis

    Jack Hurley returns to his father's home with his new wife to ask for financial assistance. He discovers that the farm was heavily mortgaged to pay for the family's education and there would appear to be no prospect of saving it. Desperate, his father sets fire to the barn in the hope of winning compensation. When he tells his sons of this, Jack resolves to tell the truth in the event of a claim being made, and remains in the house with his wife to help his father. Meanwhile, his sister Mary returns from London. She presents her father with the money to save his farm under the pretence that it is from her brother in England, though she later confesses to Jack that she obtained the money by prostituting herself to her boss. Jack tries to persuade her to move to Dublin with himself and his family, but his wife wants nothing to do with her. An exacerbated Jack leaves for America, and Mary for London. Jack's father remains on the farm with his younger son, entirely oblivious to the sacrifices that have been made for him.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Maggie Hannigan Eithne Magee
Jack Hurley Fred O'Donovan (1)
Bridget Twomey Eileen O'Doherty
Mary Hurley Máire O'Neill (1)
William Lordan Arthur Sinclair
Maurice Hurley J M Kerrigan
Timothy Hurley J A O'Rourke
Mildred Sara Allgood
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Two Plays: Harvest and The Clancy Name

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Abbey Theatre Archive

  • Address

    Abbey and Peacock Theatres
    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 887 2200

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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