An endearing yet hard-hitting comic portrait of how the need to work gets in the way of living.
It’s Friday. The end of a long week for four Belfast tilers. Ding-Dong wants a bucket. Randolph dreams of a motorbike. They have plans. But then, so do their workmates Petesy and Socrates. How they get what they want leads to further plans – all conflicting – and one almighty scam.
Owen McCafferty’s play Shoot the Crow was first staged by the Druid Theatre Company, Galway, in February 1997.
It received its British premiere in February 2003 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and was revived at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End in October 2005.
‘A classic “work play”… the dialogue crackles with demotic energy, the beautifully drawn characters are poignant as well as funny, and the neat plot holds it all satisfyingly together’
— Daily Telegraph
‘This dramatist has humane warmth and a lovely ear for chat’
‘Shoot the Crow rip-roars as a rich full comedy of small lives, big dreams and medium steals’
— Sunday Tribune
‘New Irish writing is alive and well in the hands of Owen McCafferty’
— City Tribune