Based on Behan's own experience of 14 years internment in Mountjoy for his Republican activity, The Quare Fellow
is set in an Irish prison and is a subtle condemnation of capital punishment. Described by Behan himself as "a comedy-drama", it has a large ensemble of brightly drawn, colourful characters with vivid dialogue. Its construction is highly original in that the audience never see or hear the condemned man who, in a sense, is the central figure. The Quare Fellow
was premiered in Dublin in 1954 and first presented in Britain by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1954. The subsequent six-month West End run of a play with such a sharp political impact at a time when judicial hanging was still practised by the British and Irish governments, was unprecedented. 50th Anniversary production The Quare Fellow website
.Performers Sean Gallagher, Jason Kavanagh, Kieran Cunningham, Tony Rohr, Sean Campion, Nick Danan, Matthew Dunphy, David Ganly, Ciaran McIntyre, Gary Lilburn, Paul Lloyd, Christopher Logan, Gerard Rooney, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Patrick Lynch, Jay Simpson, Oengus MacNamara.
Author Brendan Behan. Company Oxford Stage Company. Director Kathy Burke. Design David Rogers. Lighting Chris Davey. Sound Fergus O'Hare. Music Philip Chevron.