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The Master

A Play in Three Acts, by Brinsley MacNamara


  • Playwright

    Brinsley MacNamara 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Brinsley MacNamara 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted by the author from his 1918 novel 'The Valley of the Squinting Windows'.

  • Setting

    The action passes in Clunnen, a village in the Midlands. Time - 1918

  • Synopsis

    James Clinton, a schoolteacher, has been dismissed for neglecting his duties. Along with his son, he's at the forefront of anti-conscription agitation in the village. The school manager, Father Cunningham, is firmly of the opposite outlook, while the slimey publican Branagan will take whichever side that's to his financial advantage.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Father Andrew Cunningham Michael J. Dolan
Anne Clinton May Craig
Walter Murphy Eric Gorman
Madge Leonard Eileen Crowe
Liza Daly Maureen Delaney
Jane Garland Gertrude Quinn
James Clinton F J McCormick
Bedelia Jordan Christine Hayden
Michael Clinton Arthur Shields
Laurence Darby Peter Nolan
Alexander Simons John Stephenson (1)
The Comic Michael Clarke (1)
Jasper Branagan P.J. Carolan
Shamesey Monaghan T. Moran
Eugene Hapenny Walter Dillon
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Assistant Producer Arthur Shields
Stage Manager Arthur Shields
Secretary J.H. Perrin


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Weldon

  • Address

    16 Eglinton Wood
    Eglinton Road, Donnybrook
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 283 9838


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