2016 Press Releases

Pat McCabe to talk site-specific theatre

8 Feb 2016
Pat McCabe: Writing for the Play Next Door is open to the public and admission is free. Photo: Michael McSweeney

Author and playwright Pat McCabe will deliver a talk this Wednesday evening on his experience of being sent to live in a mansion on the edge of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan for a month in 2014, tasked with writing an original television play set in the location. 

SEÓ Drama and Theatre (UCC), in association with Corcadorca Theatre Company, will present Pat McCabe: Writing for the Play Next Door, as part of Perforum: Making Site-Specific Theatre, at the Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Christchurch on Wednesday from 6pm – 7:45pm.

"It’s not every day a McMansion deep in the heart of the Irish countryside becomes a phantasmagoric drug-dealing redoubt punctuated by the heartrending tunes of Hank Williams and Marty Robbins...but that's what happens when you allow coincidence to be your collaborator,” commented Pat McCabe.

McCabe is the author of several novels including The Butcher Boy (1992), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead School (1995), Breakfast on Pluto (1998), Emerald Gems of Ireland (2001), Call Me the Breeze (2003), Winterwood (2006), The Holy City (2009), The Stray Sod Country (2010) and  Hello and Goodbye (2013). The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

A film adaptation of The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan was first screened in 1996. His play The Big Yum Yum was produced by Corcadorca in 2013 and a second collaboration is currently in the works.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. 

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