Robert. A Welch
About the book…
Robert Welch’s stage debut, Protestants, is a breakneck exploration of the social, political, cultural and theological impulses behind the idea and choosing of dissent.
It is a play of the Word and of words, of remarkable testimonies and contrasts. Elizabeth I, Martin Luther, a fundamentalist snake-handler from the southern states of America, a Cork-born follower of Cromwell’s New Model Army and a little boy from Armagh reveal an exciting plurality of voices and demonstrate both the liberations and tensions underlying the protesting tradition.
Introduced by the author, with notes from the play’s director, Rachel O’Riordan, Protestants marks an important intervention in the north of Ireland’s ongoing public debate.