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All Souls' Night

A tragedy in three acts.


  • Playwright

    Joseph Tomelty 

  • Setting

    The village of Assagh on the County Down coast.

  • Synopsis

    Molly Trainor and Michael Quinn are to be married, and Michael is keen to develop the family's fishing business by buying a bigger boat. While his father, John, seeks to help him get on, his mother, Kathrine, refuses to loan him the money. A tough woman from a hard upbringing, she is grieving desperately for her favoured son Stephen, who has drowned. With the coming of All Souls' Night, Kathrine's anguish at Stephen's death becomes ever-greater, as the background to his tragic death emerges. Meanwhile Michael goes to sea in poor weather to find salvage from a ship wreck, and as night turns to dawn, it becomes apparent that tragedy has struck again. John and Kathrine find themselves alone together, and now must try to find peace in this bitter home.

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Original Cast  
Katrine Quinn Máire Ní Chatháin
John Quinn Michael J. Dolan
Michael Quinn Réamonn Mac An Fhailí
Molly Trainor Siobhán Ní Eaghra
Mr. Thurston Bhaitéar Ó Maicín
Tom Byers Harry Brogan
A Figure Labhrás Ó Gallchobhar
Production Team  
Director Ria Mooney
Set Designer Vere Dudgeon
Stage Manager Udolphus Wright


  • Title

    All Souls' Night and other plays

  • Edited by

    Damian Smyth

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  • Published By

    Lagan Press

  • Address

    7 Lower Crescent
    Belfast BT7 1NR
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

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  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Roma Tomelty

  • Address

    11 Hopefield Ave
    Belfast BT15 5AP
    Northern Ireland

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The information for this entry was taken from Ireland's Abbey Theatre - A History 1899 - 1951 by Lennox Robinson.