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The House

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Summertime, and the emigrant workers, dressed in new suits and dreams, are returning home for the annual sojourn. They are young, vigorous, and have money in their pockets, but they do not belong here anymore – and they do not belong...

A Thief of a Christmas

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1993

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (12), Female (3), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...It will be a lean Christmas now that the villagers have failed to sell their wares at the market in the town. Glum, if not devastated, they gather in John Mahony's shop-cum-pub to sing songs, drink a little and worry for the season ahead...

Too Late for Logic

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (11), Female (5), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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... duties to his family. The Irish Times described the play as 'One of [Murphy's] most disturbing, most affecting, and most subjective works . . . the whole adds up to an important event in Irish theatre'. Too Late for Logic premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in October 1989....

On the Inside

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...A companion piece of sorts to On the Outside, On the Inside shows the disappointing reality of the dance that others yearn so desperately to enter. It is the Teacher's Union dance, and at 6s per head entrance, only those with wages...

On the Outside

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (10), Female (3), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...It is the evening of the Teacher's Union dance, and Joe and Frank can't afford to get in. Frank is on a promise with a young teacher named Anne, whom he has had to avoid meeting beforehand lest she find out he can't afford to get in....

The Vicar of Wakefield

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2010

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 4, Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (22), Female (8), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...Murphy builds a delightful, comic tale of righteousness and foolishness modelled on Oliver Goldsmith's classic eighteenth-century novel The Vicar of Wakefield. An onslaught of misfortunes has beset the Primrose family;...

Conversations on a Homecoming

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1993

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (7), Female (3), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Fresh from an apparently successful acting career abroad, Michael has returned to his old home town; back to the youth club-turned-pub where he and his friends once hashed out their plans for the future. That pub, 'The White House', stood...

A Whistle in the Dark

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (8), Female (1), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...The uprooted Carney family live in Coventry, England. Michael, the eldest, is the exception to the cult of violence that prevails; he would live a civilised life. But he has taken the tragic step: thinking to influence his brothers, he has...

A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (13), Female (5), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...John Joe Moran is a 34-year-old dreamer, a 'fooleen' of a man who can't decide whether to stick it out at home, or emigrate out to the great unknown. Instead, he toes neither line, choosing to half-working and half-dreaming his way...

The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2009

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 4, Scenes: 20, Roles: Total (16), Female (5), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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... managing every inch of her empire – until she begins to question herself. Resigning her power and dividing her lands between her children, she sees the family and the estate crumbling before her eyes. Tom Murphy’s haunting...