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There Are Tragedies And Tragedies


  • Playwright

    George Fitzmaurice 

  • Setting

    Rural Ireland.

  • Synopsis

    When aspiring dandy Humphrey and his wife Kytie appear to lose their life-savings as a result of a bank collapse, their greedy in-laws appear in the hope of making a financial killing. Humphrey is determined to hang on to his dreams, however...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    15 June 1977

  • Producer

    Produced by Druid

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at the Fo'Castle, Galway as part of Druid's Anglo-Irish theatre season.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Completed around 1940 and published in the Dublin Magazine in 1948, 'There Are Tragedies and Tragedies' was first performed by the St Mary's College Musical and Dramatic Society, Dublin, in January 1953. The details listed here refer to the play's professional premiere in 1977, the centenary of Fitzmaurice's birth.

Original Cast  
Mogue Sean McGinley
Maura Marie Mullen
Humphrey Doolen Paul O'Neill (2)
Kytie Maryanne McGrath
Geoffrey Pat Connaughton
Production Team  
Director Garry Hynes
Lighting Donal Hynes
Set & Costume Designer Marie Mullen
Set & Costume Designer Maryanne McGrath
Set & Costume Designer Marion Coady

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume Two ( Introduced by Howard K. Slaughter)

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The George Fitzmaurice Society

  • Address

    c/o Fiona Brennan (trustee)
    Knocknagree, County Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    087 6494409

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the Druid Company website and from the book 'George Fitzmaurice:Wild In His Own Way' by Fiona Brennan.