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Thomas Kilroy

After Ibsen




In this freely adapted version of Heinrik Ibsen’s Ghosts (1881), Thomas Kilroy bravely examines ways in which the sins of a father are visited on children in a family frightened by ghosts.

‘There’s life that isn’t life at all.’

Forces of the past and present collide in this biopsy of the interactions between private and public lives, between Church and secular values, and of the characters’ prospects as they try to make up for lost time where there’s no space left for the truth.

‘A splendid meeting of minds between contemporary Ireland and a European classic. Kilroy not only makes the play work for a modern audience, but actually improves it immeasurably, playing down the melodrama and creating a convincing and complex psychological substitute for Ibsen’s retributive God of syphilis. He makes it hard, angry and at times chilling.’

Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times

Year Published: 2002
Details: 64pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 310 0
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 311 7

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