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A Quiet Twelfth


  • Drámadóir

    Hugh Quinn 

  • Suíomh

    The kitchen of the McShane's farm, near the shores of Lough Neagh, on a fine 13th of July morning. Published script says, "before the late troubles in Belfast".

  • Nótaí

    This play originated as a piece called 'Unrest' which won a prize in the Northern Drama League 1929 playwrighting competition, with comments on it by adjudicator St. John Ervine published "in the principal Irish, English and Scottish papers on on 22 May 1929". It appears to have subsequently been renamed "A Quiet Twelfth", and in this version was described as being produced "for the first time in any theatre" as listed here.

  • Achoimre

    In the aftermath of the Twelfth celebrations Johnny McShane, a Catholic, worries that he has accidentally killed his Orangeman neighbour and friend Joe Anderson in sectarian squabbling the previous day. Joe,meanwhile, believes that he has killed Johnny. A comedy of errors ensues, but ultimately all ends happily for everyone, except Johnny's long-suffering wife Mrs. McShane, whose work never ends whatever the excitement.

  • Cinéal Dráma

    Drámaí Ginearálta

    Líon na Míreanna


  • Méid na Fóirne ( Fireann)


  • Méid na Fóirne (Baineann)


Céad Léiriú

Foireann An Chéad Léirithe  
Mrs McShane Elma Hayward
Constable Falloon Dan Fitzpatrick
Ould Johnny McShane Richard Hayward
Joe Anderson J.R. Mageean
The Widow McKeown Elizabeth Begley
Tam the Weaver Thomas Gibson
Young Johnny McShane Richard Gibson
Foireann Léirithe  
Stiúrthóir Richard Hayward
Léiritheoir J.R. Mageean
Stiúrthóir Stáitse Dan Fitzpatrick

Scripteanna Foilsithe

  • Teideal

    Mrs McConaghy's Money and Other Plays

  • Bliain


  • Foilsithe ag

    Constable & Co. Ltd

  • Seoladh


Eolas Faoi Chearta

  • Gan Aimsiú

Foinse Eolais

Information for this entry has come from the company programme for the premiere production, and the published playscript.