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The Yellow Bittern

A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    Daniel Corkery 

  • Setting

    Ireland in the 17th century.

  • Notes

    'The Yellow Bittern' was later performed in Irish translation by both Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe and An Comhar Drámaíochta. See separate Playography entries.

  • Synopsis

    A play about the famous 17th century poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna, author of the classic poem 'An Bonnán Buí'.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Cathal Bwee MacElgunn Michael J. Dolan
Sheela Gallagher Maureen Delaney
Father Walsh F J McCormick
Hugh McAleenan Arthur Shields
Shawn McDonnell Peter Nolan
Nora O'Neill Cathleen Murphy
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

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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