Beyond the Pale
Set in Northern Ireland at the brink of the twenty-first century, and populated by Dubliners in search of a home in the North, this modern Irish play explores that ribbon of border that separates countries, lovers, brothers and friends.
...I don't know anything at all about you --
Anything at all --
How do you get so many girls to fall for you?
Where did you hear that?
They're all on about this one and that one. All your
You really want to know?
You learn to spot the ones who will say yes.
I might rub up against someone - like an accident, and then
look them right in the eyes.
He looks in her eyes.
If you can really look someone in the eyes, you see -- you
discover exactly what's -- missing. Then you aim to fill it.
I brush against a soft spot -- the wrist maybe. The nerve
endings on the inside of the forearm--
He takes hers. She winces.
I'm not going to hurt you.
She takes her wrist back and puts it in
Maybe you can tell it without props.
She looks towards the breakfast room.
So I make sure I've done my part of the job, gotten them
worked up with the idea that something exciting is about to
Then, in the end, they think it's their idea. Works a treat.
What do you talk about?
As little as possible.
Do you ever feel sorry after?
Nothing to speak of.
Do you ever get lonely?
So you're happy.
He breaks away from her, looks around.
Do you think we should buy this place? Fierce amount of
responsibility, having capital.
3 Dublin men, late 30s
1 Dublin woman, late 30s
1 woman from Wexford, 20
A Big House in County Down, Northern Ireland
1st Irish Theatre Festival: Special Jury Award and nominations for Best Director, Actress and Production.
"I've seldom encountered a show that flirts so brazenly with the dark, roiling parts of the human psyche." --Kyle Jarrow
Production and Development History
Production: 1st Irish Theatre Festival, NYC (four-day site-specific production mounted in a Chelsea rectory September 2009).