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This is Paradise

Michael John O’Neill
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I feel so fucking silly
but I thought they meant real peace
fucking hell Katey
I thought they meant that even my body
it might stop

Northern Ireland, 1998. The Good Friday Agreement has just been signed, politicians are shaking hands and declaring peace in our time, when Kate receives an urgent phone call. As she travels to the coastal town of Portbenoney to confront an old lover, dark memories of their time together rise in her like a river.

This is Paradise by Michael John O’Neill speaks in a fierce and powerful voice. With brutal lyricism, it examines the legacy of violence and asks how we can begin to mend in its wake.

The play opened at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in July 2022.

Michael JohnO'Neill

Michael John O’Neill is a playwright, dramaturg and theatre producer from the north coast of Ireland. Michael’sfirst play, Akedah, won the Bruntwood Prize Original New Voice Award 2019 and premiered in the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in 2023. His second play This is Paradise was presented at Traverse Theatre in both 2021 and 2022 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe…

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