It says something about national cultures that the French equivalent of The Mousetrap is Eugène Ionesco’s short play, The Lesson. It has been running at Théâtre de la Huchette in Paris since 1951, and is as far from the contained, comforting threat of Agatha Christie as drama has to offer.
Inua Ellams’ relocation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters to the Biafran Civil War proves devastatingly effective at the National Theatre.
I Am of Ireland, a new play from Seamus Finnegan, aims to explore what it is to be Irish in 2018. Perhaps the timing couldn’t be any more apt, with the Irish attempting to deal once again with a divisive political decision that was out of their control.
I Am Of Ireland is a challenging play to be sure, and one which rightfully provides no easy answers, but it is an intelligent and uncompromising interrogation of a nation’s past that English playwright would do well to emulate.