Thomas F. Kilroy
(1934 - ), the Irish playwright and novelist, was born on 23rd September 1934 in Green Street, Callan
, County Kilkenny
and studied at University College, Dublin
. In his early career he was play editor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
. Subsequently, he co-founded (with Brian Friel
, Stephen Rea
and Tom Paulin
) and was Director of the touring theatre company Field Day. He became Professor of English in University College, Galway
, a post from which he resigned in 1989 to concentrate on writing. He now lives in County Mayo
and is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters
, the Royal Society of Literature
, and Aosdána
- The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche, The Dublin Theatre Festival, 1968. Published by Faber & Faber, Grove Press, 1968;
- The O'Neill, The Peacock Theatre, Dublin, 1969. Published by The Gallery Press, Oldcastle, Co Meath, 1995;
- Sex and Shakespheare, The Abbey, 1976. Revised edition published by The Gallery Press, 1998;
- Talbot's Box, The Peacock, 1973. Published by The Gallery Press/Delaware, Proscenium Press, 1979;
- Double Cross, The Abbey, 1986. Published by Faber & Faber, 1986. Translated into French as Double jeu by Alexandra Poulain, 1996;
- The Madam MacAdam Travelling Theatre, The Field Day Theatre Company, 1992. Published by Methuen, 1992;
- The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, The Abbey, 1997 and Melbourne Festival 1998. Published by The Gallery Press, 1997;
- The Shape of Metal, The Peacock, 2003. Published by The Gallery Press;
- My Scandalous Life, 2004, The Gallery Press.
- The Big Chapel, Faber & Faber, 1971. This novel was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize, 1971 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
- Sean O'Casey: a Collection of Critical Essays, Ed., Prentice Hall, 1975, ISBN 0-13-628941-X
Pieces for Radio
Pieces for Television
- Farmers, Radio Telefís Éireann, 1978;
- Gold in the Streets, 1993;
- The Black Joker.
- Satirical elements in the prose of Thomas Nashe. Thesis (M.A.), University College Dublin, 1959.
- Mervyn Wall: The demands of Satire., Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review of Letters, Philosophy and Science 47 (Spring 1958): 83-9.
- Groundwork for an Irish Theatre., Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review of Letters, Philosophy and Science 48 (Summer 1959): 192-8.
- Reading and Teaching the Novel., Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review of Letters, Philosophy and Science 56 (Winter 1967): 356-7.
- The Outsider., The Irish Times April 16, 1971.
- Synge and Modernism., in J. M. Synge Centenary Papers. 1971. Ed. Maurice Harmon. Dublin. Dolmen Press, 1972. 167-79.
- Synge the Dramatist., Mosaic 5.1 (1972): 9-16.
- Tellers of Tales., Times Literary Supplement. 17 March 1972: 301-02.
- The Writer’s Group in Galway., The Irish Times. April 8, 1976.
- Two Playwrights: Yeats and Beckett.,, Myth and Reality in Irish Literature. Ed. Joseph Ronsley. Toronto: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1977. 183-95.
- Anglo-Irish Playwrights and Comic Tradition., The Crane Bag 3.2 (1979): 19-27.
- The Moon and the Yellow River : Denis Johnson’s Shavianism., Denis Johnson : A Retrospective. Joseph Ronsley Ed. Irish Literary Studies 8. Gerrards Cross, Bucks : Colin Smythe, 1981 ; Totawa, New Jersey : Barnes and Noble, 1982. 49 - 58.
- The Irish Writer: Self and Society, 1950-1980., Literature and the Changing Ireland. Irish Literary Studies 9. Ed. Peter Connolly. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1982. 175-87.
- The Anglo-Irish., The Irish Times. December 7, 1983.
- Goldsmith the Playwright., Goldsmith, the Gentle Master. Ed. Sean Lucy. Cork: Cork University Press, 1984. 66-77.
- Brecht, Beckett, and Williams., Sagetrieb 3.2 (Fall 1984): 81-87.
- The Autobiographical Novel., The Genius of Irish Prose. Augustine Martin Ed. Thomas Davis Lecture Series. Dublin : Mercier Press in collaboration with Radio Telefís Eirann, 1985. 65-75.
- Ireland’s Pseudo-Englishman. , Magill 11.5 January 1988 : 52-54.
- Reassessment. Thomas Kilroy on J.M. Synge : The Complex Creator of a Closed World., The Irish Times April 29, 1989.
- Secularized Ireland., Culture in Ireland : Division and Diversity ? Proceeding of the Cultures of Ireland Group Conference, 27 - 28 September 1991. Ed. Edna Longley. Belfast : Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 1991. 135 - 141.
- A Generation of Playwrights., Irish University Review 22:1 (Spring 1992): 135-41.
- Theatrical Text and Literary Text., The Achievement of Brian Friel. Ed. Alan J. Peacock. Gerrard’s Cross: Bucks, Colin Smythe, 1993. 91-102.
- Some Irish Poems of Yeats,, Eibei-Bungaku. Koka Women’s University, 11.3 (March 1994) : 41 - 53.
- The Literary Tradition of Irish Drama., Anglistentag 1994 graz : Proceedings. W. Rioehle, H. Keiper edc. Tübingen : Niemeyer, 1995. 7 - 15.
- John Bull’s Other Island : Shaw’s Irish Play. , Banado Sho Kenkyu. Vol. 3, 1995, 11.1 1-20.
- Chekhov and the Irish., Program Note. Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya adapt. Frank McGuinness. Field Day Theatre Company. 1995.
- From Page to Stage., Irish Writers and Their Creative Process. Ed. Jacqueline Genet and Wynne Hellegouarc’h. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1996. 55-62.
- The Anglo-Irish Theatrical Imagination., Bullan, an Irish Studies journal 3.2 (Winter 1997/ Spring 1998), 5 - 12.
- Friendship., Irish University Review. 29:1 (Spring-Summer 1999): 83-9.
- The Seagull, an Adaptation., The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov. Ed. Vera Gottlieg and Paul Allain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 80-90.
- The Wildean Triangle., What Revels Are in Hand ? Assessment of Contemporary Drama in English in Honor of W. Lippke. B. Reitz, H. Stahl, eds.
- Contemporary Drama in English., (CDE Studies) 8 Trier : WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2001. 47 - 55.
- Dreaming House, a Play about George Moore, 1990.
- Blake 2001.
Works about Thomas Kilroy
- Le théâtre de Thomas Kilroy., Thierry Dubost, Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2001, English edition The Plays of Thomas Kilroy: A Critical Study, McFarland, 2007
- Irish University Review 32:1 Special Issue Thomas Kilroy., Ed. Anthony Roche, (Spring/Summer 2002), 214 p.
- Guardian Fiction Prize, 1971;
- Heinemann Award for Literature;
- Aib Literary Prize;
- American-Irish Foundation Award for Literature;
- Rockefeller Foundation Residency;
- Kyoto University Foundation Fellowship;
- Prix Nikki Special Commendation;
- Lifetime Achievement, Irish Times / ESB Theatre Award, 2004.