On this St Patrick’s Day programme, we remember writer Brendan Behan just days from the 50th anniversary of his death.
We ask: how well does his work endure and is being given due attention in this anniversary year?
With Dr John Brannigan, of UCD, author of “Brendan Behan: Cultural Nationalism and the Revisionist Writer”, published by Four Courts Press; he’s also editor of a forthcoming edition of the Irish University Review dedicated to Brendan Behan and his work.
We hear the archive voice of theatre director Joan Littlewood who first saw Behan’s genius and gave him his first international recognition in London.
The programme includes Adrian Dunbar, actor and director of “Brendan in the Chelsea” joined by Brendan Behan’s niece Janet Behan, author of the above play.
The text of that play will be available in the forthcoming edition of the Irish University Review.
And the voice and words of Brendan Behan himself; through archive recordings and the voice of actor David Herlihy.
We included readings from a book of Behan’s short stories and writings from O Brien Press edited by Peter Fallon, “After The Wake” which is available in most bookshops.
Here’s the link to the book’s website page.
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