The Dreamers

The Dreamers Set in a grotty bedsitter in the London of the late rsquo s early rsquo s THE DREAMERS centres on two Irish immigrant labourers Shay and Liam the former a maturing tree the latter a mere sa

  • Title: The Dreamers
  • Author: Sean Walsh
  • ISBN: 2940011324680
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Nook
  • Set in a grotty bedsitter in the London of the late 60rsquo s, early 70rsquo s, THE DREAMERS centres on two Irish immigrant labourers, Shay and Liam 58 the former a maturing tree, the latter a mere saplinghellip They have much in common, little in commonhellip Both are dreamers of dreams 58 as the piece progresses we come to realise that their foremost dream of makinSet in a grotty bedsitter in the London of the late 60rsquo s, early 70rsquo s, THE DREAMERS centres on two Irish immigrant labourers, Shay and Liam 58 the former a maturing tree, the latter a mere saplinghellip They have much in common, little in commonhellip Both are dreamers of dreams 58 as the piece progresses we come to realise that their foremost dream of making it, returning solvent to their homeland will never become a realityhellip brbrA simple story, told simply Yet for reasons that I cannot quite explain, this two hander whenever and wherever broadcast, televised, staged over the years ndash seems to strike a universal chord 58 the lonliness of exilehellip the frustrations and hopelessness of the immigrant worker at the lower end of the scalehellip the hankering after the homelandbrTHE DREAMERS was first staged at lunchtime at the Project Arts Centre in Dublinrsquo s South King Street in August, rsquo 74, and ran for three weeks Directed by Tom Hickey with Tom Jordan as Shay and Noel O Donavan as Liam brbrLater on it was produced at the Playhouse, Trinity College, with a young Gabriel Byrne ndash then still an amateur ndash playing Liamhellip brbrRadio versions followed 58 on RTE Radio One with Niall Toibin as Shay and Patrick Dawson as Liam in an Irish version translation, also on RTE One, Shay was played by the late Eamon Keane BBC 4 broadcast then repeated ndash it as a half hour with Michael Duffy and a young Stephen Rea, directed by the late Michael Heffernonhellip brbrA 60rsquo television adaptation was screened on RTE One in the 80rsquo s 58 directed by Paul Cusack brwith Patrick Laffan as Shay and Jimmy Bartley as Liam It was subsequently re screened on Channel 4brIt has also been broadcast ndash in translation ndash on several European networkshellip

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