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Steward of Christendom
By Sebastian Barry

The Steward of Christendom

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Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry

Book Awards

  • Winner of Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize 1996.

Book Description

The play that established Barry as one of Ireland's most powerful contemporary playwrights Thomas Dunne, ex-chief superintendent of the Dublin Metropolitan police looks back on his career built during the latter years of Queen Victoria's empire, from his home in Baltinglass in Dublin in 1932. Like King Lear, Dunne tries valiantly to break free of history and himself. The Steward of Christendom took London by storm when it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in March 1995 with Donal McCann in the title role. It transferred to Broadway and has toured around the world."Sebastian Barry's beautiful and devastating memory play...will stay with us for many years." (New York Times)

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780413718204
ISBN-10: 0413718204
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 5mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 15-May-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry - Reviewed by (19 Dec 2012)

The Steward of Christendom is a play by Irish playwright Sebastian Barry and is set in 1932 in the county home in Baltinglass, where Thomas Dunne, ex-Chief Superintendent of the Dublin Metropolitan Police now resides. We learn of events in Thomas’s life through his reminiscences of his childhood, the ministrations of the staff and the visits (real and imagined) from the children of this proud man slowly losing his mind. Thomas is the father of Willie Dunne (A Long Long Way), Maud, Annie (Annie Dunne) and Dolly (On Canaan’s Side), and conversations with the various characters touch on Thomas Dunne’s loyalty to his Queen, his pride in his job and his love for his wife and family (although this is presented somewhat differently in Annie Dunne and A Long Long Way). There is an incident with a toy fire-engine that appears in both this play and in Annie Dunne, but with different protagonists. Despite his situation, Thomas Dunne displays a wry...

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Author Biography - Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry (b.1955) is an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet.

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