The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty and Castles in the Air
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. Perhaps the most overtly political of his plays, The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty (1982) is set in an RUC holding centre and vividly portrays the constantly changing relationship between the interrogations and those interrogated. It shows a world of a complex morality, eschewing the easy black-and-white sloganeering of much Northern Irish dramatic writing. While no one is totally innocent, no one is totally beyond the audience's sympathies earlier. Castles in the Air (1983) is, perhaps, Lynch’s bleakest play. A picture of social hopelessness, it portrays the disintegration of working-class life at the hands of bureaucracy. This is a Belfast of joy-riding, drug-taking, unemployment and brutality where a once-optimistic people are driven to despair.