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A Whistle in the Dark (Methuen Modern Plays)

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Publisher Comments:

Tom Murphy's early masterpiece, A Whistle in the Dark depicts the reunion of an Irish family in Coventy: a picture of Irishmen 'over here' asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.

Michael Carney has left Mayo for Coventry, hoping to leave behind his homeland and his past with modest ambitions for a decent job and respectable family. However, he is relentlessly pursued by his past: a past that is both the flesh of his own family and the soured spirit of a haunted, marginalised people. With tragic inevitability, the impossibility of escape from his own dark history becomes all too obvious.

Produced to a mixture of acclaim and notoriety by Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1961, Whistle in the Dark is now regarded as a modern classic.

'It is a considerable and refreshing shock to encounter this clenched fist of a play…National identity has been a theme in contemporary Irish drama common to Murphy, Friel and McGuinness. Nothing has been so brutish and direct, though, as this picture of Irishmen "over here" asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.' (Financial Times)

'A play worthy of every tribute.' (The Times)

Synopsis:

Tom Murphy's early masterpiece, A Whistle in the Dark depicts the reunion of an Irish family in Coventy: a picture of Irishmen 'over here' asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.

Michael Carney has left Mayo for Coventry, hoping to leave behind his homeland and his past with modest ambitions for a decent job and respectable family. However, he is relentlessly pursued by his past: a past that is both the flesh of his own family and the soured spirit of a haunted, marginalised people. With tragic inevitability, the impossibility of escape from his own dark history becomes all too obvious.

Produced to a mixture of acclaim and notoriety by Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1961, Whistle in the Dark is now regarded as a modern classic.

'It is a considerable and refreshing shock to encounter this clenched fist of a play…National identity has been a theme in contemporary Irish drama common to Murphy, Friel and McGuinness. Nothing has been so brutish and direct, though, as this picture of Irishmen over here asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.' (Financial Times)

'A play worthy of every tribute.' (The Times)

About the Author

Tom Murphy was born in Tuam, County Galway and is one of Ireland's most distinguished playwrights. His plays include Conversations on a Home Coming, Bailegangaire, The Gigli Concert, and Alice Trilogy. His career has been closely associated with The Abbey Theatre, Dublin who have produced many of his plays.

Table of Contents

A whistle in the dark — A crucial week in the life of a grocer's assistant — On the outside / written with Noel O'Donoghue — On the inside.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780413615008
Author:
Murphy, Tom
Publisher:
Methuen Publishing
Author:
Murphy, Thomas
Location:
London :
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Methuen Modern Plays
Series Volume:
map I-1526
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
108
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

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"Synopsis" by , Tom Murphy's early masterpiece, A Whistle in the Dark depicts the reunion of an Irish family in Coventy: a picture of Irishmen 'over here' asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.

Michael Carney has left Mayo for Coventry, hoping to leave behind his homeland and his past with modest ambitions for a decent job and respectable family. However, he is relentlessly pursued by his past: a past that is both the flesh of his own family and the soured spirit of a haunted, marginalised people. With tragic inevitability, the impossibility of escape from his own dark history becomes all too obvious.

Produced to a mixture of acclaim and notoriety by Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1961, Whistle in the Dark is now regarded as a modern classic.

'It is a considerable and refreshing shock to encounter this clenched fist of a play…National identity has been a theme in contemporary Irish drama common to Murphy, Friel and McGuinness. Nothing has been so brutish and direct, though, as this picture of Irishmen over here asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities.' (Financial Times)

'A play worthy of every tribute.' (The Times)

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