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The Magic Glasses

A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    George Fitzmaurice 

  • Synopsis

    A black farce in which Jamoney Shanahan, 38 years of age, is suspected of being a changeling. He sits in his loft, playing stange music and staring into the magic glasses given to him by a 'brown woman' from the woods. Mr Quille, a faithhealer, is summounded to help him, but fails. Jaymoney returns to his loft. The loft eventually collapses and he is killed.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mr Quille Philip Guiry
Padden Shanahan J G St John
Maineen Shanahan Helena Molony
Aunt Jug Una O'Connor
Jaymony Shanahan Charles Power
Aunt Mary E Stewart
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume One ( Introduced by Austin Clark)

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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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.