Shadow and Substance

Paul Vincent Carroll

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4f, 6m

A play in 4 acts

Shadow and Substance

by  Paul Vincent Carroll

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 6m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
In a little town near the Mourne Mountains, Canon Skerritt, a cultured but somewhat harsh and unkindly priest, tyrannizes over two raw curates and a spiritually undeveloped flock. The one person for whom he has a warm regard is his servant, Brigid, who has visions of St Brigid and messages supposedly from her. Brigid is torn between confliciting loyalties to the Canon and to his vigorous opponent, the schoolmaster O'Flingsley, who wants improvement in the deplorable state of his school. It is found out that O'Flingsley has anonymously published a book based on his zeal for reforming and the Canon removes him from his post, installing instead a pliable young man whom he also arranges a match with his neice. On St Brigid's day the town assembles, awaiting a miracle as foretold by Brigid but riots ensue when the Canon argues that the church needs no new miracle. Brigid is motally wounded by a thrown brick meant for O'Flingsley, and although both men are deeply moved this fails to reconcile them.
Duke of York's Theatre, London May 25th 1943


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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


The Living room of Canon Skerrit's parochial house in Ardmahone, one of the small towns lying round the feet of the Mourne hills in County Louth, Ireland


4f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast

Brigid - Canon Skerrit's Servant, about 18

Dermot Francis O'Flingsley - The local schoolmaster, 32

Thomasina Concannon - Canon Skettit's Step-Neice, about 22

Father Corr - Local curate, 20s

Father Kirwan - local curate, 20s

Very Rev. Thomas Canon Skerritt, P.P. - middle aged

Miss Jemima Cooney - a local spinster

Francis Ignatius O'Connor - her nephew

Martin Mullahone - the local publican, middle aged

Rosey Violet - his wife, 30s




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