Catchpenny Twist was first produced in the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, in August 1977. Three months later it was shown on the BBC.
‘In developing his theme Mr. Parker gives us plenty of entertainment value. His two young Belfast songwriters, dismissed from teaching . . . set up with a girl singer to churn out song-fodder for all occasions. This means, Protestant ditties and instant Catholic ballads to fallen heroes. Two live bullets through the post and the warnings of a previous teacher colleague set them in flight to Dublin and then London. Success seems at hand . . . Belfast is far away — but then comes all too close.’
— The Sunday Telegraph