Monday June 1, 2020

Drawing out the drama in politics

Examining our politicians’ mistakes through drama, rather than judging them though journalism, will give us a greater understanding of our nation

18th January, 2015

In 1969, Brian Friel wrote a satirical political drama, The Mundy Scheme, about the government trying to sell the West of Ireland to America as a cemetery.

He wrote it, he said, because we were “rapidly losing our identity as a people” and Ireland was “becoming a shabby imitation of a third-rate American state”.

The RTÉ series Charlie, which ends tonight, explores that same conflicted national identity, as Haughey attempts to reconcile...

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