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The Matchmakers


  • Playwright

    Seumus O'Kelly 

  • Synopsis

    The play centres on two matchmakers who conspire to marry off two of their relatives; a niece with one arm and a brother with prominently curved legs. They conceal the attributes of both parties from each other in order to get the contract signed. They almost succeed until a neighbour, Kate Mulvany, interrupts the negotiations and berates the matchmakers for their shameful behaviour. It emerges that Kate Mulvany has herself arranged a genuine match between the couple, who are aware of each other's physical deformities and perfectly willing to marry anyway.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Mrs Dolan Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh
Larry Dolan P. MacShiubhlaigh
Tom O'Connor Seumas O'Conghaile
Mary Noonan Helen Laird
Kate Mulvanny Nora Fitzpatrick
Production Team  
Director Fred Morrow

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Seumas O'Kelly: Three Plays

  • Year


  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

  • Address


Rights Information

  • Copyright Expired

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published play script with additional information from press cuttings of the time.