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  • Playwright

    Siobhán McKenna 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Brian Merriman (1)

  • Author Notes

    Athchóiriú ar dhán Bhrian Merriman.
  • Setting

    Co. an Chláir san 18ú haois déag.

  • Notes

    Níl an clár ar fáil agus mar sin tá roinnt bearnaí san eolas faoi fhoireann an dráma.

  • Synopsis

    Famous 18th century poem by Brian Merriman about the battle of the sexes.The poem is an Aisling. The poet has a dream in which he is brought by a horrendous amazon An Másach Bolgach to the court of Aoibheall the Queen of the Fairies. The Seanduine Suarach puts the case for misogyny and the abolition of marriage but he meets his match in Spéirbhean Úna who lets him have it in a big way. The clergy are attacked too and the young priest is a willing victim who sings lewd lines in Gregorian chant. The poet is found guilty and is whipped for reaching the age of 30 without taking a bride. He fortunately wakes up before he is dealt with by An Másach Bolgach.

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  • Cast Notes


Original Production

Original Cast  
Spéirbhean Úna Bríd Ní Neachtain
Áine Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
Baitsiléir Peadar Lamb
Sagart Maeliosa Stafford
Máire Máire Ní Ghráinne
Baitsiléir Micheál Ó Briain
An Seanduine Suarach Dónall Farmer
File Macdara Ó Fátharta
Production Team  
Director Siobhán McKenna
Music written and performed by Donal Lunny

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