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10 Terrifying Playwrights Of The 20th Century

Theatre can hit you hard and fast if you’re in the right mood. It is more immediate than film and television, it asks you to sympathize with the characters, no matter how cruel they can be, and it is never exactly the same each time you go. 1,647 more words


Borstal Boy

The Irish playwright and novelist, Brendan Behan, was arrested in Liverpool with a suitcase full of high explosives. He was only sixteen at that time in 1939, but was full of the revolutionary spirit and the cause of the IRA.   626 more words


The Immorality of the Death Penalty

Many executed here / by the awful lawfully good – Morrissey in his song Mountjoy

I was astounded the other day when I was looking up Governor Perry’s death stats.  871 more words

Listen, Read, and Watch this Weekend

I thought about writing something about ten times today.  But nothing came.  Could it have been the fact that it was as hot as Africa out?   533 more words

The Quare Fellow

I am reading Brendan Behan’s play The Quare Fellow.  It takes place in the Irish Prison Mountjoy.  This play is where one of my favorite songs of all time originated, … 186 more words

Pity Our Enemies

I finally finished reading Borstal Boy. In the afterward Benedict Kiely writes about what made Behan so special. Kiely knew Behan and at the time was teaching… 189 more words