The Big House by Lennox Robinson (1926)

September 6, 1926.  Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

A lost gem. Harsh ending explains why it will never be done in Ireland.

Setting: Ballydonal House, Co. Cork.

St. Leger Alcock
Mary Alcock
(Reggie Alcock – Killed in war)
(Ulick Alcock – Killed in war)
Kate Alcock

Captain Montgomery Despard – 25
Rev. Henry Brown
Vandaleur O’Neill

Atkins – Butler, 65
Annie Daley – Maid

11 Nov 1918 – End of WWI

Scene 1: November, 1918

  • Armistice Day
  • Mrs. Alcock: “I’m not Irish.”

Scene 2: June, 1921

  • The war for independence is raging
  • Monty is now a Black and Tan
  • The ghost of Ulick!

Scene 3: February, 1923