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The House of Cards

A Satirical Comedy


  • Playwright

    Frank Carney 

  • Setting

    A Factory.
    A Dockside Public House.
    A Room in a Tenement.
    A Bedroom in the House of Ultan T. Ferriter.
    A Theatre Bar.

  • Synopsis

    Yvonne Artois, an artist, is giving an exhibition of her work. There are the usual bearded young men wearing corduroy in attendance. A tinker arrives and she has an epiphany about the shallowness of her life and goes off on an odyssey with her traveller guide through different milieus of the city.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Seamus O'Reactaire Harry Brogan
Pal Dermot Tuohy
Mary Bee Macken Daphne Carroll
Manni McDonough Gerard Healy
Sarah Ann Markey Josephine Fitzgerald
Nurse Sheila Maguire
Second Girl Sheila Maguire
Overseer Sheila Maguire
Followers of Art Anne Yeats
Johnny Roche Patrick Nolan
Ultan T. Ferriter Austin Meldon
Mrs. Sykes-Parrot May Carey
Gladys May Markey Sheila May
Darrell Richards Cecil Brock
First Beard Luke McLoughlin
Charlie Joseph O'Dea
Yvonne Artois Evelyn Bowen
Happy Jack Markey Brendan O'Connor
Thalia Sykes-Parrot Joan Gorman
Dakko Fenci Dennis Barry
Lord Ravell Lionel Day
Second Beard Robert Mooney
Third Beard Desmond O'Connor
Statia Ryan Sheila Carty
New Girl Betty Murphy
Followers of Art Emily Irwin
Followers of Art John Richards
Production Team  
Settings by Ralph Cusack
Producer Shelah Richards
Producer Michael Walsh (2)
Music Composed by Brian Boydell
Musical Director Robert Bolton
Stage Director Cecil Ford
Stage Manager Lorcan Bourke
Stage Manager Sheila Carty
Set Painter Anne Yeats
Set Painter Ralph Cusack
Set Painter Thurloe Connolly
Chief Electrician Fred Beasley
Publicity Sean Dorman


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