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John Arden - Playwright and Novelist

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John Arden first came to prominence as one of the Royal Court playwrights in the late 1950s. His best known play, Serjeant Musgraves Dance, shocked the critical establishment. His radical stance has been consistent ever since. Since the 1970s he has made Galway his home. To mark his 80th year, the Town Hall Theatre pays tribute to his lifetime achievement

The evening will present a unique collage of short excerpts from Ardens work, introduced by himself, illustrating the wide diversity of his themes, from rackety brothels in London, to the fallout from colonial war, to the life and death of James Connolly, to a 1970s eviction in the West of Ireland, to Garda storm-n-stress when George W Bush came to Shannon all in a mix of music, songs and archival film clips, including Arden in his acting role as the overbearing landlord in Bob Quinns acclaimed film Caoineadh Art U Laoire. It will also feature a rehearsed reading of selected scenes from Serjeant Musgraves Dance, directed by Eamonn Draper.