Published in Village. Coming off the train at Cardiff, a crumpled looking fellow in a Welsh jersey is standing with a sign around his neck: “Ticket please, will swap for sister.” Two others are talking about the touts. “Mate of mine, he was offered £1400 each for two tickets yesterday.” “What’d he do?” “Kept them… read more +
We are currently in pre-production on The Guarantee, a film version of Guaranteed! for TV3, produced by John Kelleher Media and supported by the BAI and IFB. Ian Power is directing. More here.
My investigative series for RTÉ’s Drivetime on children in care is now on Soundcloud. This was funded by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund. An accompanying essay, consisting of oral histories, was published in The Dublin Review 53, and is available here. The Sunday Times published a companion opinion piece.
“My dream,” says Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey, “would be to have The Plough and the Stars during Easter Week 2016 broadcast globally. It’s a no-brainer.” Whatever about staging Sean O’Casey’s anti-heroic 1916 play at the Abbey during the centenary celebrations, broadcasting it globally? Just a few years ago, such an idea would… read more +
January 29 2014: John Calder’s Godot Company is back on tour, with Happy Days. This article was written for the Irish Independent on the occasion of their tour of Endgame, in September 2009. See also this article for Le Monde Diplomatique. * “The whole place stinks of corpses,” says Hamm. “The whole universe,” says Clov…. read more +
Phil Kingston was in his first year at London’s prestigious Central drama school when a senior staff member gave him some sage advice. “You can be a musician and a smackhead, but you can’t be an actor and a smackhead.” Kingston was a heroin addict. He paid for his addiction with his commission from work… read more +
Ulick O’Connor, once famous for something literary, vaguely remembered, sits in his three-storey Victorian home in Rathgar, surrounded by books and mementos. He writes, still, and manages his archives, and fulminates about the lies and ineptitude of those in power, and involves himself in theatre. He is welcoming but tired. “I’ve had a terrible three… read more +
My radio documentary for RTÉ, My Name is Lydia Foy, can be streamed and podcast here.
My play on the banking crisis is to be staged by Fishamble from June 24 to July 2.
I get a lot of emails for this column: largely press releases, but there are also the emails that come directly from theatre makers. If they’re writing to me themselves, they’re usually young and probably broke. Mostly, I can’t write about them: they get in touch too late; or their play doesn’t sound any good;… read more +