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Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me [Kindle Edition]

Frank McGuinness
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An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are locked up together in a cell in the Middle East. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive?

Frank McGuinness explores the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from communication, both subtle and mundane, from humour, wit and faith.

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1992 before transferring to the West End. On Broadway, it was awarded the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993.

About the Author

Frank McGuinness was born in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and now lives in Dublin and lectures in English at University College Dublin. His plays include: The Factory Girls (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 1982), Baglady (Abbey, 1985), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Abbey, 1985; Hampstead Theatre, London, 1986), Innocence (Gate Theatre, Dublin, 1986), Carthaginians (Abbey, 1988; Hampstead, 1989), Mary and Lizzie (RSC, 1989), The Bread Man (Gate, 1991), Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Hampstead, West End and Broadway, 1992), The Bird Sanctuary (Abbey, 1994), Mutabilitie (NT, 1997), Dolly West's Kitchen (Abbey, 1999; Old Vic, 2000), Gates of Gold (Gate, 2002), Speaking Like Magpies (Swan, Stratford, 2005), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida, London, 2007), Greta Garbo Came to Donegal (Tricycle Theatre, London, 2010) and The Match Box (Liverpool Playhouse Studio, 2012).His widely performed versions include Ibsen's Rosmersholm (1987), Peer Gynt (1988), Hedda Gabler (1994), A Doll's House (1997), The Lady from the Sea (2008) and John Gabriel Borkman (2010); Chekhov's Three Sisters (1990) and Uncle Vanya (1995); Lorca's Yerma (1987); Brecht's The Threepenny Opera (1991) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1997); Sophocles' Electra (1998) and Oedipus (2008); Ostrovsky's The Storm (1998); Strindberg's Miss Julie (2000); Euripides' Hecuba (2004) and Helen (2009); Racine's Phaedra (2006) and Tirso de Molina's Damned by Despair (2012).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571168043
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Plays (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure, A joy. 22 Dec 1999
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What an absolute treat! I've seen amatuer productions and professional productions and McGuiness's words never fail to choke me. A wonderfully funny and poignant script. It poses a real challenge. I'm currently planning to direct a production at the school where I teach and look forward to bringing this small, gem of a play to other people s attention. McGuinness writes with real understanding and uses appropriate and deepkly ironic language to bring across the plight of his characters. Read it and weep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acting in this play 5 Oct 2013
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I am acting in this play in 2014 and am using this playscript. It is clearly laid out and easy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing piece of storytelling 13 Feb 2013
Back in the day of my A-levels I decided to do a mini adaptation of this book/play as I'd seen it on the TV done by the Beeb (i think). It's an affecting, heartbreaking and warming (in equal parts) portrayal taken from the John McCarthy/Terry Waite kidnapping. I wasn't really aware of the wider picture at that age but recognized the sheer potency of this piece of work. So much so that almost 20 year later I still look for productions of it to remind me of it's wonderful depiction of three men in an unbelievable situation trying to survive against all odds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars revisited 26 Nov 2012
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i saw a stage production of this 20 years ago at Derby Playhouse, and was literally moved to tears....the story stayed with me all the journey home and affected me like no play has...before or since, decided to treat myself to the paperback and relive those memories.Powerful and incredibly moving Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster 3 April 2000
By Chris Murray - Published on
"There were three bollocks in a cell in Lebanon. An Englishman, an Irishman, and an American. Why they were in that cell was anybody's guess, and why they were in Lebanon was their own guess." (p. 17)
This is how one of the characters describes their own situation. It sounds like the beginning of a joke and indeed, humour-light hearted as well as black-gets its fair share in McGuinness play. But it never truly manages to conceal the desperateness of their situation.
Having been kidnapped for political reasons unknown to them, by people who are only referred to as 'Arabs' or 'the Enemy', the three hostages have to cope with the daily challenge of fear and monotony. While their captor's strength 'depends on silence' as one of the characters observes, their own depends on communication. There are savage fights between the three as well as gentle understanding, uproarious laughter and deep grief. The play takes the audience on a rollercoaster journey through the horrors of captivity, the balm of memory and the unbreakable strength of friendships forged in dire circumstance.
The play is inspired by the true story of Brian Keenan from Northern Ireland, who was kidnapped in 1986 shortly after taking up his position as a lecturer of English at the American University in Beirut. He was released in 1990 after talks between the Irish and the Iranian government. Most of the four years and five months in Lebanese captivity he spent together with John McCarthy, a British journalist. McCarthy had in fact come to Beirut to make a documentary about the hostage situation and was kidnapped shortly after Brian Keenan. The two men became close friends. When Brian Keenan was released he said that to leave behind his co-hostage was 'like losing an arm'. John McCarthy was not released until August 1991 after more than five years in captivity.
5.0 out of 5 stars great 20 Feb 2014
By bigcheese - Published on
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great play - needed it for theater class - very good - McGuiness is one of my favorites. must read for theater student
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1.0 out of 5 stars ummmm 6 Aug 2010
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this book was recommended by a friend of mine. i ordered years ago and i was just reminded that i never received it. i did order it from an outsourced seller through amazon. so yeah, i'm done writing about this...
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