Paul Vincent Carroll

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Paul Vincent Carroll (10 July 1900 – 20 October 1968) was an Irish dramatist and writer of movie scenarios and television scripts.

Carroll was born in Blackrock, County Louth, Ireland[1] and trained as a teacher at St Patrick's College, Dublin and settled in Glasgow in 1921as a teacher. Several of his plays were produced by the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.[2] He co-founded, with Grace Ballantine and Molly Urquhart, the Curtain Theatre Company in Glasgow.[3]

Personal life

Carroll and his wife, clothing designer Helena Reilly, had three daughters; the youngest was actress Helena Carroll (1928–2013).

Paul Vincent Carroll died at age 68 in Bromley, Kent, England from undisclosed causes.

Select list of works

  • The Watched Pot (unpublished)
  • The Things That are Caesar's (London, 1934)
  • Shadow and Substance (1937, won the Casement Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award)
  • The White Steed (1939, won Drama Critics’ Circle Award)
  • The Strings Are False (1942, published as The Strings My Lord Are False, 1944)
  • Coggerers (1944, later renamed The Conspirators)
  • The Old Foolishness (1944)
  • The Wise Have Not Spoken (1947)
  • Saints and Sinners 1949


  1. Irish Playography
  2. Profile at Ricorso
  3. Murdoch, Travelling Hopefully: The Story of Molly Urquhart, Edinburgh, 1981.