CATHERINE My Will has visions. That is all. He doesn’t live in the world as other men do.
For more than half a century Thomas Kilroy has been one of Ireland’s most valuable writers and cultural presences. His original plays and brilliantly conceived adaptations have illuminated, invigorated and redefined Irish drama.
Blake is a fictionalized account of the visionary poet’s incarceration in a 19th-century London asylum. It continues the author’s exploration of the minds, and secret lives, of exceptional, often marginalized figures. Among his portraits of artists and anatomies of personalities are Oscar Wilde and his wife Constance, the mystic Matt Talbot, a gay man in Ireland in the 1960s, Lord Haw Haw, a sculptor in The Shape of Metal, and the innocent youths bullied and abused in Christ Deliver Us!
Both enthralling and transporting, Blake meditates on the ties and tensions of a marriage and its parties’ strategies for escape to freedom. It confirms Thomas Kilroy’s stature as a modern, European artist and our most surehanded conjurer of the magic of drama.