Frank McGuinness - Author

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Frank McGuinness is Professor of Creative Writing in University College Dublin. A world-renowned playwright, his first great stage hit was the highly acclaimed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Arimathea is his first novel, a major event.

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Paprika

Paprika

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2018

The world of an operatic tenor violently collides with that of a homeless couple on the streets of New York. A tactical heart-to-heart tells of a ghostly experience and the damaging love of a poet. A young immigrant scores a small but significant victory over his resentful supervisor. A father mourns the death of his gay son, murdered at the hands of the state. Hypnotic, spell-binding prose which explores the falseness of boundaries and the madness of love in mythic, urban contemporary settings. Brave both in its subject matter and linguistic choices, the first short story collection from Frank McGuinness showcases the work of a master storyteller.

Speaking Like Magpies

Speaking Like Magpies

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2018

But I can hear them speaking like magpies, And they mean to thieve his life, The Lord's anointed servant, They mean to kill God. Speaking Like Magpies, specially commissioned by the RSC as part of the Gunpowder Season to mark the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, brings to vibrant life the background to this notorious event in British history. Frank McGuinness' play premiered at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in September 2005, its final performance marking the end of the RSC's Gunpowder Season on 5 November 2005.

Damned by Despair

Damned by Despair

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Obsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico, a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation. Swearing vengeance, Paulo lashes out against God and assembles a band of rival outlaws. I'll match Enrico in mad badness. So, we're damned, both of us, are we? Then I'll be revenged on the whole world. And yet, even as their villainous crimes escalate, the possibility of redemption hovers over the two men, perhaps within reach. A fast-paced adventure story embracing bandits and beautiful women between glimpses of heaven and hell, this subversive and at times riotous exploration of faith and the transformative power of love races across the Italian landscape, relishing the unpredictability of fate, an extraordinary array of characters and their very real dilemmas. Sinner I am - pray for me. Damned by Despair, written in 1635 by the great Spanish dramatist Tirso de Molina, is brought to vivid life in Frank McGuinness's new version, whichopens at the National Theatre, London, in October 2012.

The Woodcutter and his Family

The Woodcutter and his Family

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2017

My son betrayed me. It is a family tradition. Didn't I do the same to my father? The World War intensifies in Europe. In Zurich a writer breathes his last imagining his life till now from his childhood in Dublin. The voices of his family circling him - wife, son, daughter - carry him to his end as he hears each separate chapter chronicling the power of their passion for their famous father, their love, their hate, their need, their sorrows and joys, their strangeness. And James Joyce has saved for them one last story to delight and defy them: The Woodcutter And His Children ...

Donegal

Donegal

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

The Day family are Irish country-music royalty and Irene is their queen. Her relatives are completely dependent on her success. But as Irene's star fades, the Days are facing financial destruction. When the heir to her musical throne, Jackie Day, returns from the States with a new girlfriend, resentments simmer. Does Irene have the strength to hold the clan together? And will Jackie save them with the gift of a song?

Donegal

Donegal

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

We are who you come from. We are who you'll go to. The Day family are Irish country-music royalty and Irene is their queen. Her relatives are completely dependent on her success. But as Irene's star fades, the Days are facing financial destruction. When the heir to her musical throne, Jackie Day, returns from the States with a new girlfriend, resentments simmer. Does Irene have the strength to hold the clan together. And will Jackie save them with the gift of a song? A musical play about family, place and country music, Frank McGuinness's Donegal premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in October 2016.

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2016

On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history, the Battle of the Somme. This enduring war play is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss. In the extraordinary circumstances of World War I, eight ordinary men arechanged, changed utterly. In 2016, one hundred years after the battle, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness was revived in a co-production between Abbey Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. This edition contains a new introduction by P. J. Mathews. 'There is a touch of genius in McGuinness's, sensitive, often bleakly comic exploration of the men's situation.' Daily Telegraph 'This is an epic drama that demands recognition for the male human animal in all his complexity, across any boundaries of belief or belonging we care to construct.' The Scotsman

The Dead by James Joyce in a dramatisation by

The Dead by James Joyce in a dramatisation by

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2012

The year is 1904 in the city of Dublin. Gretta and Gabriel Conroy attend the Morkan Sisters annual dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany and the last day of Christmas. An evening of laughter, music and dance ends in an epiphany for Gabriel. Recognised as a masterpiece, The Dead, the short story from James Joyce's Dubliners, is dramatised by Frank McGuinness. The play premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in December 2012.

The Match Box

The Match Box

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2012

And she grew to be a girl, my daughter. Sing a song, Mary. Sing for grandma and Granda. Sing. The ties that bind can never be broken. For Sal, they hang like a noose around her neck, just loose enough to keep a small but potent flame burning inside. A passionate story of love and hate, The Match Box by Frank McGuinness premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in June 2012.

The Hanging Gardens

The Hanging Gardens

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

Now we have a family, a rivalry, a purpose. A writer and his wife sit together in their garden. They are surrounded by a lifetime's work; their home, their gardens and their children. Rachel wants to be congratulated on her pregnancy, Maurice is struggling for his father's acceptance and Charlie needs his sacrifices to be acknowledged. A crisis has drawn this family together but their honesty may pull them apart. The Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness premiered at the Abbey Theatre in October 2013 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Queer Notions New Plays and Performances from Ireland

Queer Notions New Plays and Performances from Ireland

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

This collection is a record of some of the most important performative ideas and embodied interventions that have shaped queer culture and theatre and performance practice in Ireland in recent times, principally in the years following the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1993, up to and including the present. The anthology includes plays, experimental performance documentation, and a visual essay that reveal the impassioned creativity that illuminates and invigorates the margins of culture.

Gates of Gold

Gates of Gold

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2010

Drama / 3m, 2f / Interior Written by acclaimed Irish author Frank McGuinness, whose Someone Who'll Watch Over Me earned a Tony(R) Award nomination, Gates of Gold is an acerbic duel between two lovers, the fashionable and eloquent theatrical trailblazers who founded Dublin's Gate Theatre. Gates of Gold is witty and moving - a vibrant celebration of art, love, and finally, life itself. Compelling! This endearing love letter of a play! -The New York Times Moving! Provocative! Compelling performances! -New York Post

Greta Garbo Came to Donegal

Greta Garbo Came to Donegal

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2010

In the summer of 1967 Greta Garbo comes to Donegal. Ireland is on the verge of violent change. Two couples are on the verge of parting. A woman tries to save her family, while a girl tries to save her future. Seemingly above it all is the loveliest and loneliest of all women, the great Garbo. But when the gods arrive, they can cause havoc, not least to themselves, as the divine Greta is to learn. Frank McGuinness's Greta Garbo Came to Donegal premiered at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in January, 2010.

There Came a Gypsy Riding

There Came a Gypsy Riding

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2006

The McKenna family convenes at their remote West Ireland holiday home to mark the 21st birthday of their late son Gene. Eccentric cousin Bridget appears along the causeway, inviting herself for birthday cake and conversation, and ready to expose a family secret. Even Margaret, the unstoppable mother, and Leo, the ever-calm father, can't hold things together in the face of an unexpected visit from the past. There Came a Gypsy Riding premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in January 2007.

Gates of Gold

Gates of Gold

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2002

Conrad and Gabriel are lovers but when Alma arrives to tend the sick Gabriel, their lives are unpicked and remade. Frank McGuinness's powerful, subtle and funny play explores the territory where boundaries of love, devotion and hate coalesce. Gates of Gold premiered at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in 2002.

Frank McGuinness Plays 2 Mary and Lizzie; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me; Dolly West's Kitchen; The Bird Sanctuary

Frank McGuinness Plays 2 Mary and Lizzie; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me; Dolly West's Kitchen; The Bird Sanctuary

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2002

This second collection of Frank McGuinness contains his beautifully lyrical plays from 1989 to 1999. The Bird Sanctuary is published here for the first time. The collection also includes Mary and Lizzie, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Dolly West's Kitchen, and is introduced by the author.

Dolly West's Kitchen

Dolly West's Kitchen

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/1999

As the Second World War rages on in Europe, in Donegal there is another war closer to home. In Dolly West's kitchen, her family has its own conflicts to face as their lives are transformed with the arrival of allied troops across the border in Derry. War changes everything - its tragedies, its survivals and the history of the West family will be changed forever as this compelling play by award-winning playwright Frank McGuinness shows.

Mutabilitie

Mutabilitie

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/11/1997

Set in Ireland in the sixteenth century, Mutabilitie explores the area where myth meets and transforms reality and where the harshness of life is transmuted into hope by the chance meeting of a poet and a playwright.

Frank McGuinness Plays 1 Factory Girls; Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; Innocence; Carthiginians; Baglady

Frank McGuinness Plays 1 Factory Girls; Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; Innocence; Carthiginians; Baglady

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/1996

This first collection by Frank McGuinness contains plays from the 1980s, including his major work of that decade, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, a powerful and profoundly moving study of a group of Ulster Protestant volunteers in the Great War. The book also contains Carthaginians, set in a Derry graveyard in the aftermath of the Bloody Sunday killings, Innocence, McGuinness's vigorous drama based on the life of Caravaggio, The Factory Girls and Baglady.

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Author: Frank McGuinness Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/07/1992

An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are locked up together in a cell in the Middle East. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive? Frank McGuinness explores the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from communication, both subtle and mundane, from humour, wit and faith. Someone Who'll Watch Over Me premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1992 before transferring to the West End. On Broadway, it was awarded the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993.

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