Original Program. As new.
Program for the Field Day co-production, with Tinderbox and Belfast Festival at Queens, of Parker’s 1984 play, staged to mark the bicentenary of the 1798 Rising.
Synopsis: Henry Joy McCracken awaits his execution following his part in the failed 1798 Rebellion. As he prepares his last address to the people of Belfast, he recalls the seven ages of his life, from youthful idealism to disillusion and despair. Each age is represented by a separate scene written in pastiche of the styles of Boucicault, Behan, Wilde, Shaw, Synge, O’Casey and Beckett. Parker explained his motivation thus: “I am primarily concerned with his [McCracken’s] human predicament, but then also with a critical moment in the course of Irish history, a moment which can encapsulate the quandaries and contradictions which continue to confound us.”