Thirty years after it was first produced and won The Irish Life Award of the Dublin Theatre Festival, King of the Castle retains its awful force.
‘Scober’ MacAdam is king of the castle. He has acquired by greed and exploitation a former ‘Big House’ in County Leitrim. But he is sexually impotent. Goaded by gossip, he devises a plot to impregnate his young wife. The latent savagery of Eugene McCabe’s domestic tragedy discloses, in the couple’s struggle to converse, a series of wounds in the household and in the neighbouring community.