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As the Beast Sleeps

As the Beast Sleeps (Paperback)

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Published alongside its London premiere and prior to its screening as a BBC film: another of Mitchell's suspense-laden plays showing the 'hard men' in Northern Ireland horribly failing to come to grips with the political realities Ulster Defence Association members, Kyle and Freddie help the cause by robbing cigarette warehouses and distributing the fags to selected clubs. But with the UDA's push towards political acceptance underway, this sort of scam is now taboo. Kyle decides to toe the line, but Freddie goes his own way, launching a masked raid on their local club. 'Good boy' Kyle is recruited by the newly wary high command to carry out a punishment beating on his former friend - with fatal consequences...Once again Gary Mitchell has turned the terrible tensions in Northern Ireland into thrilling, if doom-laden drama. As the Beast Sleeps was premiered in Belfast in April and has its London opening at the Tricycle Theatre in September. It has been made into a BBC film for screening later this year.

Film, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscripts Publisher: Nick Hern Books Publication Date: 28/09/2001 ISBN-13: 9781854596512  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Gary Mitchell was born in 1965 in Rathcoole, North Belfast, where he still lives. He left school at 15 and began writing at 26. His plays include In a Little World of Our Own (Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Donmar Warehouse, London; 'Best New Play' Irish Theatre Awards), Tearing the Loom (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Trust and Force of Change (both Royal Court, London). Resident Playwright at the National Theatre, 1998-9.

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