Stewart Parker (1941-1988)

‘The most appealing thing about Parker’s work is the ease with which he blends lunatic humour with a gritty sense of reality. He’s done it before in Spokesong and he does it again in this hard, ribald and hilarious little play.’ [on Catchpenny Twist]

                                                                       — Sunday Times

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Stewart Parker was born in Belfast in 1941 and was a Northern Irish playwright, writing for radio, television and stage.

His plays include Spokesong, Catchpenny Twist (Gallery, 1977), Nightshade and a trilogy of ‘history’ plays, Northern Star, Heavenly Bodies and Pentecost.

The Stewart Parker Trust Award for best debut play, was set up in his name after his death in 1988.

Catchpenny Twist

Stewart Parker’s Catchpenny Twist was first produced in the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, in August 1977. Three months later it was shown on the BBC.

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Aidan Carl MatthewsAidan Carl Mathews was born in 1956 and educated at UCD, TCD, and Stanford University. He has published three collections of poetry, WindfallsMinding Ruth (Gallery, 1983) and According to the Small Hours (1998). He has published short stories: Adventures in a Bathyscope (which was shortlisted for the GPA Award), Lipstick on the Host and Charlie Chaplin's Wishbone (2016, Lilliput) and a novel, Muesli at Midnight. Other awards include an Irish Times Award, Patrick Kavanagh Award, Macauley Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Award.

His plays include Exit/Entrance (Gallery 1990), The Diamond BodyThe Antigone, a new version of The House of Bernarda Alba and Communion (2003). He edited Immediate ManCuimhní ar Chearbhall Ó Dálaigh. He works as a radio drama producer in RTE.

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Minding Ruth

Aidan Mathews’ first volume Windfalls, distinguished in itself, gave promise for the future. Minding Ruth fulfils, if it does not indeed go beyond the expectations roused by that first volume. — Seamus Deane

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