Filmed play - very funny stuff about two grumpy men who live in the workhouse.
Duplicate copy of Reel 2 of documentary entitled "The Workhouse Ward" - check against tape PM1843 for best quality.
Reel 2. He closes his book and places it on the bedside table. He huffs and puffs then says: "Isn't it a hard case Mike McInerney, yourself and meself to be left here in the bed and it the feast day of Saint Corba (sp?) and the rest of the ward attending on the mass..." The other man responds by moaning about his aches and pains. He puts his pipe down. A conversation ensues about their illnesses - rheumatism and heart problems. They moan and groan - old grievances from their youth are discussed (such things as stealing each others eels and rabbits). One accuses the other of being a "rambler and a card player." It seems that they were neighbours in the outside world. The pipe smoker raves about how he spent all his money putting up fences to keep out the others' chickens. They discuss their vegetables and their livestock - accusing each other of having "ravenous pigs" and "brazen dogs." McInerney laughs as the other talks of when his dog bit him - C/U. McInerney accuses Miskell of stealing his eggs. They complain about the fact that they have ended up stuck together in the ward. They speak of their ancestors and family history, of funerals, of banshees, of God. They winge about how the only thing they want after death is to be as far away of each other as possible. They struggle to get close enough to each other to have a fight - a chair separates them. Suddenly there is a knock at the door. They settle back into their beds looking sheepish.
Continued. (Note: No comb. neg of Reel 3).