Gerard Mannix Flynn (aka Mannix Flynn) was born in Dublin in 1957.
His work has dealt with such issues as institutional abuse, imprisonment and injustice. In 1977 The Liberty Suite, co-written with Peter Sheridan, was premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival with Gerard Mannix Flynn as the protagonist.
Nothing To Say, a novel was published by Ward River Press (Dublin, 1983).
As well as an author, he has been a professional actor in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
He who laughs wins (1981) was one of a series of six half hour plays commissioned and produced by Paines Plough Theatre Company, England. Inside was co-written for RTÉ in 1986; Hunger and Thirst, written for Red Rex Theatre Company was performed in Italy in 1989. Talking to the Wall was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre in 1990: it was performed by the author at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997, where it won a Scotsman’s Fringe First Award.
His screenplays include Twist of Fate, based on the Kerry Babies Case, commissioned by Trisquare Films, Pinewood, London in 1998; in 2001 a screenplay, Alma Mater, based on the novel Nothing to Say was developed with the support of An Bord Scannán na hÉireann. HIs play, James X, brings to conclusion a 10 year work-in-progress which began with Talking to the Wall. It was published in 2003 by Lilliput Press along with a reissue of his first novel Nothing to Say.
Since 2004 his arts company, Farcry Productions, has been engaged in a large scale project dealing with the events of Irish history, including that of the legacy of 1916 etc. During the 2006 Dublin Theatre Festival Flynn’s company, Farcry Productions, presented a series of site-specific events engaging with the issues surrounding decommissioning and the peace process entitled ‘letting go of that which you most ardently desire’. The process was three fold, Thank you, a series of panels on Leeson St, Letting go of that which you most ardently desire and a show in Gruel Café in Dame Street, entitled No ifs, no butts no violence.
‘Extallations’ were held in 2004 at a Leeson Street, Dublin, site: Call Me By My Name – A Requiem for Remains Unknown 1889-1987 and Victim Impact Report. His current installation is Padded Cell and other stories
(Dublin 2010/London 2011).
Far Cry Productions