Dockers and Welcome to Blaydonmore Road
About the book…
Martin Lynch is one of the most important dramatists to have emerged from the political and cultural ferment of the last thirty years in the north of Ireland. A groundbreaking popular and critical success, Dockers (1981) is a pivotal play in the development of Northern Irish drama. A sober and unsentimental exploration of the harsh realities of life at the Belfast docks of the early 1960s it is nevertheless celebratory in the vigour of its portrayal of Belfast working-class life. Much broader in intent, Welcome to Bladonmore Road (1988) is a comedy of social manners centring on the McFadden’s family tricky ascent of Belfast’s rather rickety social ladder. Underneath the earthy humour, however, is a keen social insight into the self-deceptions and hypocrisies in the north's rarely explored class system.