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Description - The Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry

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: 26-Feb-1996
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 humour. Once again full of beautiful prose, this play is both funny and sad.


Author Biography - Sebastian Barry

Brendan Behan (1923-64) found fame and notoriety with his work and Republican sympathies. Christina Reid, from Belfast, came to prominence in the 1980s. Tom Murphy's many plays are collected into 5 volumes by Methuen Drama; his most recent play opened in Dublin in 2006. Martin McDonagh's first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was the 1996 winner of the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Sebastian Barry is a poet, dramatist and novelist. Patrick Lonergan is professor of English at the National University of Ireland.

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