Kilroy, Thomas

Thomas Kilroy
Thomas Kilroy. Image source gallerypress.com

Thomas Kilroy was born in 1934 in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

He has published a novel, The Big Chapel (London, Faber & Faber, 1971), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize, 1971, but he is best known as a playwright.

His plays include The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche (The Dublin Theatre Festival, 1968. London Faber & Faber/New York, Grove Press, 1968); The O’Neill (Dublin, The Peacock Theatre, 1969. Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1995); Sex and Shakespheare (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1976. Revised edition, The Gallery Press, 1998); Talbot’s Box (The Peacock, 1973. The Gallery Press/Delaware, Proscenium Press, 1979); The Seagull (adapt. Chekov, London, The Royal Court, 1981. London, Eyre Methuen, 1981); Double Cross (The Abbey Theatre, 1986. Faber & Faber, 1986); The Madam MacAdam Travelling Theatre (The Field Day Theatre Company, 1992. Methuen, 1992); The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde (The Abbey, 1997/Melbourne Festival 1998. The Gallery Press, 1997); and The Shape of Metal (The Abbey Theatre, 2003. The Gallery Press, 2003).

He has also adapted Ibsen’s Ghosts (Peacock 1989); and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Abbey, 1996).

His other awards include the Heinemann Award for Literature; The AIB Literary Prize; the American-Irish Foundation Award for Literature; The Rockefeller Foundation Residency; the Kyoto University Foundation Fellowship; a Prix Nikki Special Commendation; and an Irish Pen Award.

His awards include the Guardian Fiction Prize, 1971; the Heinemann Award for Literature; the AIB Literary Prize; the American-Irish Foundation Award for Literature; a Rockefeller Foundation Residency; Kyoto University Foundation Fellowship; Prix Nikki Special Commendation; and a Lifetime Achievement, Irish Times / ESB Theatre Award, 2004.

He is a member of The Irish Academy of Letters, The Royal Society of Literature, and Aosdána.


Thomas Kilroy at The Gallery Press

Thomas Kilroy at Wikipedia

Thomas Kilroy at The National Library of Ireland


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