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A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    Rose MacKenna 

  • Synopsis

    Kathleen is engaged to Patrick Kane, a match greatly desirable to her widowed mother but greatly disagreeable to Kathleen herself. When a mayday call comes in to rescue the crew of a boat wrecked on the rocks, the cowardly Kane stays behind while Kathleen goes out with the party. Her experience of going out to sea proves an ephiphanal moment. Kathleen recognises that her brother and herself are 'aliens': highly educated but without the financial means to escape their situation.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Mary Lynch Maureen Delaney
Fergus Lynch Arthur Shields
Kathleen Lynch Irene Kelly
Con Foley Fred Harford
Patrick Kane Louis O'Connor
Production Team  
Director Fred O'Donovan (1)
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Stage Manager Arthur Shields

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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.