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The Viscount of Blarney


  • Playwright

    Austin Clarke 

  • Synopsis

    A "poetic comedy" based upon a traditional tale from Co Wexford, the play concerns a servant named Cauth who is confronted by a succession of threats to her womanhood, each represented by expressionistic figures. A "charming variation on the Cinderella myth", according to the Irish Times.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    03 December 1944

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    This was a production at the Abbey by the Lyric Theatre Company, which grew out of Austin Clarke's Dublin Verse-Speaking Society and operated out of the the Peacock from 1941 to 1944 and the Abbey proper from 1944 to 1951.

Original Cast  
Woman Ita Little
Gallant Viscount of Blarney George Green
Husband Patrick Nolan
Cauth Maureen Kiely
Foster-mother Florence Lynch
Pooka Robert Mooney
Jack o' Lantern Donald Carlisle
Production Team  
Produced by Evelyn Mac Neice

Published Scripts

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