The Importance of Being Michael
About the book…
mac Liammóir is the pivotal figure at the heart of modern Ireland.
Born in the dreary suburbs of Victorian London as plain Alfred Willmore, he fell intensely in love with Ireland and decided to reinvent himself as the flamboyant actor, playwright, and raconteur Micheál mac Liammóir. It was a persona which would embody - and slyly subvert - the public aspirations of the emergent nation.
Mac Liammóir brought to the fore the imaginative tensions of his time. Infatuated with the Celtic Twilight and a lifetime devotee of the Irish language, his work s an actor and founder of the groundbreaking Gate Theatre ushered in a vibrant continental sensibility previously unheard of in Ireland. A passionate Irish nationalist, he rejected the political and cultural isolationism of the 1930s and 40s.
In this remarkable one-man show, John Keyes bring to life this complex and dynamic figure.