About the book…
Tomelty was one of the first playwrights of note to emerge from post partition
Writing directly from his early experiences of his native Portaferry and working-class Belfast, his plays gave memorable voice to a distinctly Northern Irish sensibility.
Tomelty was, in some ways, the backbone of the celebrated Ulster Group Theatre and the plays encompass the broad comedy of Right Again, Barnum and Mugs & Money still providing the template for the 'Ulster comedy' to the darker, more intensely psychological explorations of Poor Errand, The End House, All Souls' Night and The Singing Bird.
Taken together, the plays produce a compelling and multi-faceted portrait of a playwright fully engaged with the people of his native place and the life of his time.
Produced to mark the centenary of his birth, Joseph Tomelty: Collected Plays gathers together his nine major stage plays and three radio plays with many being published here for the first time.
Introduced by the poet and critic Damian Smyth, it brings to the fore once again a formidable body of work, and one key to understanding contemporary Northern Irish theatre.
The Elopement - Idolatry at Innishargie - Poor Errand - Right Again, Barnum - The End House All Souls' Night - The Singing Bird - The Drunken Sailor - Down the Heather Glen Is the Priest at Home? - Mugs & Money - April in Assagh..