Pictures of Tomorrow and Rinty
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 . Pictures of Tomorrow (1994) marks a new note in Lynch’s writing. Set in London, the play investigates questions of the Left’s ideological and moral certainties in the aftermath of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. As three old comrades of the International Brigade meet for one final reunion, the play deftly explores political and personal loyalties and the painful expurgation of old verities and self-deceptions. The play is a searingly honest charting of the liberations of letting go of life-denying fantasies and beginning again.
Rinty (1990) is similarly a play of celebration. Imaginatively conceived and staged, Rinty portrays the life of Belfast legend, the boxer Rinty Monaghan, the World Flyweight Champion of 1948. A popular success when it was staged, the play witnesses Lynch developing his stagecraft and past and present co-exist side by side in dramatic counterpoint