When I looked into your father’s eyes all I could feel was absence; all we could see was the reflection of each other’s guilt.
Jim Nolan’s enthralling play begins on a summer evening in the early 1980s in a coastal village in the south of Ireland. Frank Conroy has recently been appointed Minister for the Environment. The full consequences of a car crash on the Sky Road have yet to unfold. Four years later their effect and the dealings of Conroy’s son, a local County Councillor set to profit by a planning permission decision, finally hit home. Sky Road confirms the author’s sense of dramatic form and social concern. By dissecting the morality of private needs and public ambitions it lays bare the tension between loyalty and responsibility and posits the way a family might reassemble a life in the aftermath of tragedy.