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.
But for me the play does that extra thing – it takes a very specific subject, and elevates it to have universal themes and journeys which will touch the minds and hearts of a very wide audience. Almost all of us have felt that we are outsiders at some point. Many of us have experience of balancing our private lives, attractions and passions with our public world of employment and expected roles. Too many people experience levels of bullying and challenge for the person they want to be, rather than the person they are expected to be. I am no rugby player or sportsman. I don’t have locker room experience. But the themes transcend that setting and touched me deeply.
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