Friday 15 September, 7pm
Frank McGuinness is a playwright, writer, poet, novelist and librettist. In addition to his own plays such as The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, he has adapted the works of others such as Lorca, Chekhov, Brecht, Strindberg, Pirandello and Sophocles.
In 1997 his adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House won a Tony award. He has published four collections of poetry, the most recent being 2012’s In a Town of Five Thousand People. Currently Professor of Creative Writing in University College Dublin, McGuinness once expressed a desire to be a lyricist; his play with music Donegal ran in the Abbey Theatre last year, with lyrics written by McGuinness.
There will be an extra special element to this event as Four Men and a Dog’s, Kevin Doherty will perform some of the music he wrote for Donegal after the interview.
The play was a free-flowing blend of family drama, homage to Ireland’s fourth biggest county and country music, the play shows that inherent Irish propensity of laughing and singing when things are going pear-shaped all around us.
Donegal premièred at the Abbey Theatre Dublin in October 2016.