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Shadow and Substance

A Play in Four Acts by Paul Vincent Carroll

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Paul Vincent Carroll 

  • Setting

    The Scene is laid in the dining-room of Canon Skerritt's Parochial House in Ardmahone, one of the small towns lying round the feet of the Mourne hills in County Louth, Ireland.
    It is February.

  • Notes

    Programme note: The Legend connected with St. Brigid relates how in order to escape the attentions of persistant suitors, she disfigured the loveliness of her face at Faughart, her birthplace, near Dundalk.

  • Synopsis

    A play exploring how the established Church has, like every institution, moved away from its founding beliefs. This spiritual decline is highlighted when presented in contrast to the purity of faith practised by a young girl.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    4

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Brigid Phyllis Ryan
Dermot Francis O'Flingsley Cyril Cusack
Miss Jemima Cooney Ria Mooney
Father Corr Fred Johnson
Rosey Violet Maureen Delaney
Francis Ignatius O'Connor W. O'Gorman
Father Kirwan Austin Meldon
Very Rev. Thomas Canon Skerritt Arthur Shields
Martin Mullahone P.J. Carolan
Thomasina Concannon Aideen O'Connor
Production Team  
Settings by Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Musical Director F.M. May
Produced by Hugh Hunt

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Five great modern Irish plays : 'The playboy of the Western world', by John M. Synge; 'Juno and the Paycock', by Sean O'Casey; 'Riders to the sea', by John M. Synge; 'Spreading the news', by Lady Gregory; 'Shadow and Substance', by Paul Vincent Carroll /

  • Year

    1941

  • Published By

    Random House

  • Address

    New York
    USA

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TRANSLATIONS

  • Published in Irish as

  • Title

    An Scáth agus an Amhmhaoin

  • Year

    1945

  • Published By

    An Gúm

  • Address

    Foras na Gaeilge, 7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean
    Baile Átha Cliath 2
    Baile Átha Cliath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    1850 325 325 / 0845 309 8142 (TÉ)

  • Email

    eolas@forasnagaeilge.ie

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Helena Carroll

  • Address

    Apt No 480 The Whitby Apartments
    325 West 45th Street
    New York
    USA

  • Phone

    001 212 246 0430 ext 418

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings of the time.