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The Scythe and the Sunset


  • Drámadóir

    Denis Johnston 

  • Suíomh

    Set in a cafe in Dublin during Easter Week of 1916.

  • Achoimre

    Johnston wrote this play about the Rising of 1916 as an alternative view to O'Casey's pacifism in The Plough and the Stars - hence DJ's parodic title. It takes place in a cafe overlooking O'Connell Street where the rebels seize the General Post Office. An Irish officer with the British troops sent to suppress the rebellion is confronted by one of the rebel leaders, modeled on Patrick Pearse. Together they spar over the destiny of Ireland and the British Empire, and the clash of ideals that lay at the heart of the conflict. A young rebel and the cafe waitress present very different views of the populace towards the rebellion. Another character, a doctor, who is present by chance and serves as an observer to the action is modeled on Oliver St John Gogarty.

  • Cinéal Dráma

    Drámaí Ginearálta

    Líon na Míreanna

    Dráma Fada

  • Méid na Fóirne ( Fireann)


  • Méid na Fóirne (Baineann)


Céad Léiriú

  • Dáta an Chéad Léirithe

    14 March 1958

  • Nótaí faoin Léiriú

    Produced by the Poets' Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Leiriú

  • Ionad an Chéad Léirithe

  • Nótaí faoin Ionad

    Premiered at the Poets' Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Nótaí Faoin gCéadléiriú Éireannach

    Subsequently produced in the Queens Theatre, Dublin by the Abbey Theatre on 19th May 1958.

Foireann An Chéad Léirithe  
Dr. Myles McCarthy John Frid
Capt. Clattering John A. Coe
Capt. Anthony Palliser John Lasell
Liam O'Callaghan Edmund Roche
J. Williams Jack Rodgers
Sean Tetley Judge Springer
Endymion Michael Linenthal
Michael Maginnis Ray Girardin Jnr.
Emer NicGabhann Susan McClintock
Roisin Catherine Ahern
Volunteer John King
Foireann Léirithe  
Nyna Brael
Léirithe ag Wiliiam Driver

Scripteanna Foilsithe

  • Teideal

    Denis Johnston : Selected Plays

  • Bliain


  • Foilsithe ag

    Catholic University of America Press

  • Seoladh


  • ISBN


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  • Teagmháil

    Micheal Johnston

  • Seoladh

    20 Burdett Avenue, Sandycove
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

Foinse Eolais

The information for this entry was taken from the published playscript and other published material.