The End of the Beginning (1934): a Jeu-d’Esprit

  • John O’Riordan
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature book series (MSAIL)


This one-act comedy is a well-flavoured, preposterous farce, one of two such sketches (the other being A Pound on Demand) included in the author’s collection of Windfalls, revealing a welter of comicality within the confines of the shorter play form. Although brief in compass, they are remarkable instances of sustained, orgiastic comedy, aligning their coat-tails unmistakably in the seamless direction of Juno and the Paycock and the dramatist’s other related and finely established materpieces of Irish comedy.


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© John O’Riordan 1984

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