A Whistle in the Dark

  • date Sunday, 5 March, 2017
  • group Enniscorthy Drama Group
  • author Tom Murphy
  • category Open
  • age adults only

A Whistle in the Dark is set in 1960 in Coventry, England.

It’s 1960 and Michael Carney is an Irish emigrant living in Coventry, England with his wife, Betty whom he has recently married. At Michael’s request they have been playing host for some time to his brothers, Harry, Iggy and Hugo. However, while Michael can lay fair claim to having integrated well into English society, the same can’t be said of his brothers.

It tells the story in three acts of the climactic confrontation between Michael, the oldest of the Carney sons, and his father and brothers, a brawling, hard-drinking, criminal gang of Irish immigrants living and working in Coventry. A powerful portrayal of tribal violence and the devastation it brings in its wake in spite of attempts to stand against it, it remains Murphy’s best known and most performed play.

Enniscorthy Drama Group

Enniscorthy Drama Group was established in 2013 with their debut performance of two brilliant one acts; “Tinker’s Wedding” and “Ritual for Dolls”. They went on to do their first full act play with “Tom, Dick and Harry” in late 2013. 2014 and 2015 saw some fantastic shows from EDG with “The Plough and the Stars”, “Playboy of the Western World”, “The Lost Weekend”, “A Night on the Hill” and we went as far as the All Ireland finals in 2015 with “Come Along The Road Until You Stop Dead”. There have been many other performances, we have had huge response from our town and county, and we look forward to embarking on our full act festival run this year.

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