Vernon’s a Texan highschool student, and it’s like any ol’ day of the week. Until, word comes in – his best friend has murdered 16 of his fellow classmates. The clowns and bullies, jocks and beauty queens, geeks and emos have reached a tragic, early, Texan grave. Vernon, however, has no alibi and a witch hunt begins…
The Pillowman opens in a prison cell where a young writer is being questioned about the children’s tales he has written – grim tales which have inspired copycat killings in the streets outside. Two interrogators tease out the resemblance between real and fictional worlds while probing the personal responsibility of the writer.
Defender of the Faith by Stuart Carolan, the writer and creator of RTE’s Love/Hate, is a thriller set on an Armagh farm in 1986, an era of intense political unrest. It tells the story of a republican family, defined by their unrelenting extremism, and their experiences under the surveillance of Special Branch – the ruthless British intelligence unit – and by the PIRA.
For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery, making way for new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years earlier begin to resurface….nosey neighbours, troublesome teenagers and an ambitious Garda contribute to this macabre, funny play.
The Cavalcaders explores the lives and loves of a community of characters in small-town Ireland. Set in an old-fashioned cobbler’s shop, this is the story of a group of men who spend their days mending shoes and their nights as a barbershop quartet and singers of local legend. Their musical harmonies, however, are not reflected in their private lives.