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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848422024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848422025
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The finest dramatist of his generation. --Daily Telegraph

A cracking fireside tale of haunting and decay...The combination of narcotics, spiritualism, dementia, sin and suicide is intensified - and here it does feel modern - by a constant awareness that outside, villagers and their children are starving to death. --The Times

McPherson directs with an effective mixture of dark comedy and suspense. The first ghostly manifestation is a real dramatic coup, and a séance scene, conducted by the defrocked priest, is genuinely terrifying. Like some latterday Hamlet, McPherson is clearly convinced there are more things in heaven and earth that are dreamt of in most playwrights' philosophy...An original and at times genuinely startling evening. --The Telegraph

A cracking fireside tale of haunting and decay...The combination of narcotics, spiritualism, dementia, sin and suicide is intensified - and here it does feel modern - by a constant awareness that outside, villagers and their children are starving to death. --The Times

McPherson directs with an effective mixture of dark comedy and suspense. The first ghostly manifestation is a real dramatic coup, and a séance scene, conducted by the defrocked priest, is genuinely terrifying. Like some latterday Hamlet, McPherson is clearly convinced there are more things in heaven and earth that are dreamt of in most playwrights' philosophy...An original and at times genuinely startling evening. --The Telegraph

About the Author

Acclaimed by the Telegraph as 'the finest dramatist of his generation', Conor McPherson's plays include This Lime Tree Bower, The Weir (Olivier Award Best Play), Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City and The Seafarer. His films include I Went Down, Saltwater and The Actors. All his plays and screenplays are published by NHB. In 2009 he adapted Daphne Du Maurier's short story The Birds for the Abbey Theatre Dublin. This will be published in a new collection, McPherson Plays: Three, in the spring of 2012.

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The characters in this play are drawn in vivid personality detail. However, its being set in 1822 rural Ireland makes us expect, rather than be shocked by, the supernatural elements that appear in McPherson's work. I suppose it reminds one of the Bronte sisters and that ilk. That being said, the ending took me totally by surprise, and I can't wait to see it staged. McPherson never disappoints.
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