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Antigone
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Antigone

Sophocles (adapted by Owen McCafferty)
 
Both Antigone’s brothers lie dead, having killed each other in single combat, one attacking Thebes, the other defending the city. Creon, ruler of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Polyneices, because he was the attacker. Antigone is determined to bury him. The resulting conflict ends in a bloodbath of suicides.

Irish playwright Owen McCafferty’s new version of this ancient story closely follows Sophocles, but the language is tough and modern allowing parallels with today’s Realpolitik to emerge through the Ancient Greek values that underlie the original.



Cast : 6M, 3F +extras
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-017-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Closing Time
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Closing Time

Owen McCafferty
 
A tender and comic portrait of love, dignity and emotional damage .

Vera is feisty but fading. Ronnie is washed up and permanently half-drunk. Together they run a grubby pub/hotel in present-day Belfast. Assorted 'regulars' come and go over the course of one day and night. Ronnie fails to secure the pub's financial future and Vera looks set to run off with the feckless Iggy. 

Review
McCafferty's touch is light and sure... He can summon up characters in a couple of lines... dazzlingly inventive theatre. - Scotsman



Cast : 4M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-691-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Days of Wine and Roses
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Days of Wine and Roses

Owen McCafferty
 

JP Miller's 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, adapted brilliantly for the stage by Owen McCafferty.

Donal and Mona leave Belfast for a new start in 1960s London. Strangers in an unfamiliar city, they fall in love with life, each other and the drink. A whirlwind of discovery starts to spiral out of control as the young alcoholic drags his wife with him into the swamp of addiction - from which only one of them can escape.

Review
'Owen McCafferty's version of Days of Wine and Roses is a slow burn. It unfolds patiently, relentlessly; the damage it shows goes deep.' -  Observer


Cast : 1M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-858-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Mojo Mickybo
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Mojo Mickybo

Mojo Mickybo / The Waiting List / I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me

Owen McCafferty
 

Three astute, savvy early plays from Owen McCafferty.

Mojo Mickybo 
A vibrant two-hander in which boyhood friends Mojo and Mickybo relive the summer of 1970 when they were growing up in Belfast, playing headers, building huts and re-enacting cowboy movies. This unsentimental portrayal of innocence betrayed by communal hatred, is ‘an energising reminder of the fact that all you need for truly magical theatre is a writer inspired by the thought of the stories that can be made on the stage’ -  Scotsman

It is published with two monologues. 

The Waiting List 
A man is under siege in the community where he grew up, which is ‘full of shocking home truths, made palatable by a witty, astute script’ -  Irish News

I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me
‘a deeply affectionate and fiercely clear-eyed portrait of a recently unemployed middle-manager slowly losing his mind’  Sunday Tribune


Cast : Mojo Mickybo - 2M / The Waiting List 1M / I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me 1M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-701-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Scenes from the Big Picture
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Scenes from the Big Picture

Owen McCafferty
 
The play takes place over the course of a hot summer’s day in an imagined area of present day Belfast. We see a day in the life of over twenty inhabitants of the district as their stories interweave and collide. In a tour de force of dramatic writing, a whole world is evoked in a couple of hours.
Cast : 14, 7F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-729-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Shoot the Crow
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Shoot the Crow

Owen McCafferty
 
A sad and hilarious play about a day in the life of four Irish tilers on a building site. As they begin to finish tiling the public convenience they’ve been working on, Ding-Ding and Randolph plan to thieve a pallet of tiles left unaccounted for. Ding-Ding will be able to buy a window-cleaning round and Randolph a motor-bike. But Petesey, the foreman, and Socrates have had the self-same idea... Shoot the Crow is an endearing portrait of four feckless failures at the game of life.







Cast : 4M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-726-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB