Few playwrights understood better than Joe Crilly (1962-2017) the troubled undercurrents of life in the north of Ireland or captured its rhythms so well. In this posthumously-published trilogy, he exposes the absurdities of violence and sectarianism frequently with humour and always with insight.
Crilly tragically died by suicide in 2017. In this unique collection, three of his greatest plays are gathered together with introductions by Queens University Belfast drama lecturer Dr Mark Phelan, television producer Stephen Wright and actor Ruairi Conaghan. The Crilly Trilogy includes tributes from Joe Crilly’s son Redmond and the actor Hugh Bonneville.
Praise for Joe Crilly
“Ulster’s Martin McDonagh” – The Guardian.
It’s not far short of a miracle, the number of fine playwrights Ireland produces. Here comes another: Joseph Crilly – The Daily Telegraph
I was blown away by the tumbling, lyrical flow of language and the relish of telling a tale. The sheer energy of the dialogue: raw and piercing, adventurous and full of mischievous glee. Taste the writing, savour the man – Hugh Bonneville
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