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A Comedy in One Act


  • Playwright

    Seumas O'Brien (2) 

  • Setting

    The back kitchen of Mrs Cotter's public house in a rural country village.

  • Synopsis

    A comic tale that starts when two policemen sneak off for a quiet pint whilst supposed to be on duty. A colleague enters the pub only to find his two superiors very clearly under the influence and a melee ensues.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Sergeant Dooley, RIC Fred O'Donovan (1)
Head Constable Mulligan, RIC Arthur Sinclair
Constable Huggins, RIC Sydney J Morgan
Micus Goggin J M Kerrigan
Padna Sweeny J A O'Rourke
Mrs Cotter Una O'Connor
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Duty, and other Irish comedies, by Seamus O'Brien

  • Year


  • Published By

    Publisher not found

  • Address


Rights Information

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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