Martin Brennan as Joyce; from the Umbrella Theatre Company production of Michael Casey
Martin Brennan as Joyce; from the Umbrella Theatre Company production of Michael Casey’s Joyce at Last
singer Harry Kearns; from the Umbrella Theatre Company production of Michael Casey
singer Harry Kearns; from the Umbrella Theatre Company production of Michael Casey’s Joyce at Last

Full-length Plays

JOYCE’S WAKE (formerly TABU)

This play is about the home-life of James Joyce during the Paris years, and especially his relationships with other members of his family: Nora, Lucia and Giorgio. It won the Best Play award at Listowel (Adjudicator Michael Colgan) and was produced by the Umbrella Theatre Company in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, and in the Players’ Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin.

Testimonials for JOYCE’S WAKE

   ‘…Fantastic production. Wonderful writing and superb performances all round…’

   ‘…Simply enthralling…’

   ‘What a wonderful play. Script was terrific, clever and flowed beautifully…’

THE HIGH PRIEST OF HACKBALLSCROSS deals with the production of a not-so-traditional Passion Play in a small town in Ireland. It was produced by Umbrella in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin.

THE WHEREWITHAL, GET UP, WAIT NOW, BODYJOB (Screenplay)  have yet to be produced.

Short Plays

JOYCE AT LAST deals with a final epiphany by Joyce a few weeks before leaving Paris and dying in Zurich. It has been produced by Umbrella in the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire. In 2016 it was selected by the Irish Norwegian Society for performance in the Henrik Ibsen Museum, Oslo.

CONTRAST, THE FATTED CALF, CUPIDITY  performed in the National Gallery of Ireland.

CELTIC KNOTS, PEER REVIEW to be performed in the National Gallery of Ireland.

GET DOWN WITH THE GROOVE, TRANSLATANTIC THERAPY performed in Players Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin.

WRONG ADDRESS, performed by RTÉ radio.

INFERNAL USHERETTES, A GIFT, PRAYER, THE KNOCK MARRIAGE BUREAU, STORYLINE, LGBTI  have yet to be produced.

Excerpt from CUPIDITY

‘DESMOND:  Hmmmm, I see…. I see…. There is a condition called objectum-sexuality. There’s a well-documented case of a woman  who had an affair with the Eiffel Tower.  Another one who married the O’Connell  monument in Glasnevin….  One recalls a case of a farmer who had a fling with a  tractor…(Beat).  And  of course men sometimes love land…. Mmmmm…. But a women  and cars… That’s  rather unusual.

(Desmond walks around ruminating.)

JIMMY:  So it’s not my problem at all. Sure, how could I compete with a Ford Focus?

EILEEN: That’s beside the point…. Maybe you drove me to the car. Ever think of that?

JIMMY: It has to be my fault, doesn’t it? Yeah, I made you have it off with a Ford Focus….’