A Whistle in the Dark (Was €13.50, Now €4.50)
Tom Murphy's early masterpiece, A Whistle in the Dark depicts the reunion of an Irish family in Coventy: a picture of Irishmen 'over here' asserting themselves in one of England's post-war dream cities. Michael Carney has left Mayo for Coventry, hoping to leave behind his homeland and his past with modest ambitions for a decent job and respectable family. However, he is relentlessly pursued by his past: a past that is both the flesh of his own family and the soured spirit of a haunted, marginalised people.
With tragic inevitability, the impossibility of escape from his own dark history becomes all too obvious. Produced to a mixture of acclaim and notoriety by Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1961, Whistle in the Dark is now regarded as a modern classic. 'It is a considerable and refreshing shock to encounter this clenched fist of a play...National identity has been a theme in contemporary Irish drama common to Murphy, Friel and McGuinness.