“There’s a lock o’ new houses down in the village and there’s a Sinn Féin advice centre and the shop’s a Spar now, but nothin’ much else is different. The whole world is changin’ and Gentry stays the same.”
Rural Northern Ireland, 1999. Fra Maline, proud IRA man, returns home - released early from prison under the Good Friday Agreement - and to celebrate his daughter, Theresa, throws a welcome home celebration at the local community hall on McQuillan’s Hill.
But Fra is more interested in resurrecting his relationship with his secret gay lover Dessie, and behind everyone’s back, Fra’s sister, Loretta, has bought the hall and turns up ready to renovate after a twenty-year unexplained absence on the mainland.
With the Good Friday Agreement in a precarious state, bitter memories, secrets from the past, and long buried lies are calamitously exposed…
A vicious black comedy from a playwright called “Ulster’s Martin McDonagh” (The Guardian), On McQuillan’s Hill confronts the horrors of abuse and absurdities of sectarian violence, with coruscating humour but always with insight, as it touches on memory and identity, love across the divide and the corrosive legacies of conflict.
Originally produced by the renowned Tinderbox Theatre Company in 2000 at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, On McQuillan’s Hill now receives its long-overdue English premiere.
Delivering the same rawness, truth and courage it did all those decades ago
Timely glance at Northern Irish myths and tensions
A smart play that uses the Irish conflict as a backdrop to explore the relationships of its six characters
Burns with authenticity