THERE ARE LITTLE KINGDOMS
A Scenario In Development
Kevin Barry’s short stories in There Are Little Kingdoms are a riotously entertaining blend of tragedy and humour, with fantastic dialogue and wonderfully drawn characters. Fast girls cool their heels on a slow night in a small town; a bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity; lonesome hillwalkers take to the high reaches in search of a saving embrace. Throw in a lust-deranged poultry farmer, a gigantic taxi driver stricken with chilling visions, a jaded air hostess and a stressed-out genie, and you have a stunning, provocative and richly comic collection from a writer of unique gifts.
Andrew Flynn has developed an original playscript of There Are Little Kingdoms, after workshopping the book with a group of actors he regularly works with - Jarlath Tivnan, Eilish McCarthy, Peter Shine and others. The six stories are set in the same world, like a modern Under Milk Wood. They are dramatically linked by a type of Greek chorus, from which emerges the different stories - intertwined throughout the course of the play. Still in development, the production lends itself to socially-distanced restrictions and there are plans for a national tour later this year.
Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier (2019), Beatlebone (2015), and City of Bohane (2011) and the story collections, There Are Little Kingdoms (2007), Dark Lies the Island (2012) and That Old Country Music (2020). Night Boat to Tangier was long-listed for the 2019 Booker Prize and was named one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of 2019 and City of Bohane was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award in 2013.