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Agreement (Playscript)

Owen McCafferty

In a major new play, Owen McCafferty examines the negotiations leading up to the Good Friday Agreement and weaves potent drama out of this complex, momentous, landmark event.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571385089
Date Published
06.04.2023
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Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2024 CHRISTOPHER EWART-BIGGS MEMORIAL PRIZE

‘An outstanding evening, a landmark play, a thoroughly deserved five stars . . . Owen McCafferty’s searing dramatisation is a political thriller with echoes of Greek drama.’ Irish Times

Owen McCafferty examines the negotiations leading up to the Good Friday Agreement and weaves potent drama out of this complex, momentous event.

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The clock is ticking. It’s April 1998 and representatives of the British Government, the Irish Government and the main political parties in Northern Ireland try to hammer out a deal that could pave the way for peace. Every word, every movement, every stare means something. This is the last chance saloon and no one is leaving until agreement is reached, one way or another.

Agreement opened at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in March 2023, and was revived there in March 2024.

Critic Reviews

An outstanding evening, a landmark play, a thoroughly deserved five stars . . . Owen McCafferty’s searing new dramatisation of the Belfast Agreement negotiations is a political thriller with echoes of Greek drama.

Irish Times
Critic Reviews

Bustling yet lucid . . . a vivid depiction of a key point in recent history, and a tribute to the power of compromise.

The Times
Critic Reviews

A penetrating, often wickedly funny, portrait of the personalities and pressures involved in the making of the Good Friday Agreement . . . a timely, topical high-watermark in Northern Irish theatre.

British Theatre Guide
Critic Reviews

One of the funniest plays I’ve seen.

Belfast Media
Critic Reviews

Lively, elegant . . . Owen McCafferty’s incisive new play serves as a pointed reminder of the graft and compromise that is sometimes required to secure political progress.

The Stage
Critic Reviews

A superb account, twenty-five years on, of how the Good Friday Agreement came to be.

Irish News
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Over the past twenty-five years Owen McCafferty’s plays have been performed worldwide and have won numerous awards. Previous work includes Titanic: Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912 (MAC, Belfast); The Absence of Women (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and Tricycle Theatre, London); Days of Wine and Roses (Donmar Theatre, London); Closing Time (National Theatre, London); Shoot the Crow (Druid, Galway);…

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