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The Crossing

A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    Con O'Leary 

  • Setting

    A lodging house.

  • Synopsis

    Forced out of her home as a result of her son's heinous crime, Mary the Roads seeks refuge in a local lodging house. Here she finds Matthew, a balladeer, rehearsing the song he is to sing at her son's execution. Fenton, the innkeeper wishes to turn them out as he does not want his brother to find them there; indeed, when his brother does eventually appear he accuses Fenton of disgracing the house. The chapel bell tolls and Mary, believing her son to have been executed, dies of a broken heart.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Thomas Fenton Fred O'Donovan (1)
William Fenton Arthur Sinclair
Matthew J M Kerrigan
Mary Nora Desmond
Production Team  
Produced by Andrew Patrick Wilson


  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.