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Act 1

• The play begins and ends with a formal tableau, in which adult Michael explains his memories of the summer of 1936.

• The family gets their first wireless set that summer.

• They name the radio Marconi because the name is on the set.

• Three weeks later, Uncle Jack returns from 25 years in an African leper colony.

• The boy Michael observes his father, Gerry Evans, for the first time.
• In the first scene, Chris scrutinizes herself in a mirror and decides she needs makeup and hair color.

• Agnes warns her that Kate will think she's making a pagan of herself.

• Chris irons Uncle Jack's surplice and thinks it would make a nice dress.

• Rose dances around the room - the first of many dances in the play.
• We learn that Uncle Jack was in Uganda.

• Maggie sings a political tune advising the Irish to vote for De Valera or end...

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