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A Political Skit


  • Playwright

    D C Maher 

  • Setting

    The border village of Ballynadurgh sometime in the imagined future (1920)

  • Synopsis

    Andy Kelly's house in Ballynadurgh is half in Leinster and half in Ulster. When Home Rule is introduced and partition enforced, a comic melee develops when baliffs from both jurisdictions try to catch up with him.

    A satirical imagining of the prospect of a divided Ireland.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In addition to the listed cast, there were also coronet players, neighbours, etc

Original Production

Original Cast  
Mrs McCloone Sheila O'Sullivan
Ulster Constable Michael Orr
Jamsie Kelly Master McCann
Iggy Murphy Charles Cruise O'Reilly
Sergeant McIlweeney Louis O'Connor
Ulster Constable Fred Harford
Andy Kelly Fred O'Donovan (1)
Bridgie Kelly Irene Kelly
Maggie McGee Mary Sheridan
Bennett Hubert Maguire
Donnelly Peter Nolan
Long Reilly Arthur Shields
Molly Kelly Maureen Delaney
Home Rule Constable Charles Saurin
Production Team  
Produced by J Augustus Keogh
Manager Francis Keogh
Stage Manager Charles Cruise O'Reilly

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Partition; a farical skit, by D.C. Maher

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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.