23rd June 1956: Irish playwright Brendan Behan (1923 – 1964) having a pint. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

On Thursday 20 April the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre in conjunction with the Liverpool Arts Society will perform a Rehearsed Reading of a new play based on the life and work of Ireland’s very own poète maudit: Brendan Behan.

The play was written by Dr Andrew Sherlock (Drama) and Professor Gerry Smyth (English), and it will be read by former students and staff of LJMU.

Brendan Behan has long been regarded as a minor figure in modern Irish literary history, although more recently he has come to be regarded as an important postcolonial rejoinder to the ‘great’ writers from Ireland’s modernist heyday.

Dr Sherlock and Professor Smyth are founder members of the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre which since 2011 has performed seven different pieces in six different countries. This year the company will perform three plays at the Fourth International Flann O’Brien Conference in Salzburg, as well as a six-night run of Professor Smyth’s play Nora & Jim (based on an episode in the lives of James Joyce and his partner Nora Barnacle) at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August.

Please contact Professor Smyth if you would like to attend the Rehearsed Reading.  G.A.Smyth@ljmu.ac.uk

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