'Exiles' by James Joyce was first broadcast in 1974. Produced in association with the Abbey Theatre, this production was the first RTÉ studio drama broadcast in colour.
'Exiles' was Joyce's only play and centres on a writer's efforts to come to terms with human love, lust, fidelity and friendship.
The cast for this production featured Bosco Hogan as Richard, Nuala Hayes as Bertha, Kevin McHugh as Robert, Maire O'Neill as Beatrice, May Cluskey as Brigid, and Donald Reynolds as Archie. Wesley Burrowes was the script editor and Donal Farmer was the producer.
Written in 1914, after 'A Portrait of the Artist as Young Man' and before 'Ulysses', the play is set in Dublin in 1912 and centres around the character of Richard Rowan, said to be a semi-autobiographical figure of Joyce himself.
'Exiles' was first broadcast on 2 October 1974, and again as part of a series of Joyce related programmes on 31 January 1982 to mark one hundred years since Joyce's birth.