The Genius Behind The Weir
Conor McPherson was born in Dublin in 1971. His plays include Rum & Vodka (Fly by Night Theatre Company, Dublin), The Good Thief (Dublin Theatre Festival; Stewart Parker Award), This Lime Tree Bower (Fly by Night Theatre Company, Dublin/Bush Theatre; Meyer-Whitworth Award), St Nicholas (Bush Theatre/Primary Stages, New York), The Weir (Royal Court/Duke of York’s/Walter Kerr Theater, New York; Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle, George Devine Awards), Dublin Carol (Royal Court/Atlantic Theater, New York), Port Authority (Ambassadors Theatre/Gate Theatre, Dublin/Atlantic Theater, New York), Shining City (Royal Court/Gate Theatre, Dublin/Manhattan Theater Club, New York; Tony Award nomination for Best Play), The Seafarer (National Theatre/Abbey Theatre, Dublin/Booth Theater, New York; Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard, Tony Award nominations for Best Play) and The Veil (National Theatre). Theatre adaptations include Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin/Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis) and August Strindberg’sThe Dance of Death (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios).
Work for the cinema includes I Went Down, Saltwater, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, The Actors, and The Eclipse. Forthcoming screen work includes an adaptation of John Banville’s Elegy for April for the BBC to be broadcast this year.
Awards for his screenwriting include three Best Screenplay Awards from the Irish Film and Television Academy, the Spanish Cinema Writers Circle Best Screenplay Award, the CICAE Award for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Méliès d’Argent Award for Best European Film.