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In The Train

A Play in four scenes from the short story by Frank O'Connor


  • Playwright

    Hugh Hunt  Frank O'Connor 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Frank O'Connor 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the 1935 short story of the same name

  • Setting

    The action takes place in four different compartments of the same moving train

  • Notes

    Manuscript copies of the play are available to read in the National Library of Ireland as well as in the Frank O'Connor papers at University College Cork.

  • Synopsis

    A scattered group of people are returning to their village by train having spent the day attending a murder trial in the city. The case for the prosecution has collapsed, and the suspect - a young woman - is now back among the rest of the home-bound passengers. The chorus illustrate the thoughts of the passengers in time with the rhythm of the train.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
The Chorus Cecil Barror
Kendillon Michael J. Dolan
His wife Eileen Crowe
The Woman Ann Clery
Magner Fred Johnson
Two Countrywomen Sheila Ward
Moll More Maureen Delaney
Drunken Traveller F J McCormick
Delancey Denis O'Dea
The Chorus Frank Carney
Foley Arthur Shields
The Chorus Moya Devlin
Sergeant P.J. Carolan
The Chorus Malachi Keegan
The Chorus Mary O'Neill
The Chorus Maureen Jordan (1)
Production Team  
Set Designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Produced by Hugh Hunt


  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Rights for original material

  • Contact

    Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)

  • Address

    55 New Oxford Street
    London WC1A 1BS

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7344 1000

  • Email

  • Website


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