Bang Bang

& other Dublin Monologues

Dermot Bolger

These four richly evocative monologues were commissioned for Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood. In them, Dermot Bolger conjures up reimagined lives from the rich tapestry of Dublin life over the past century; stories that conspire to be humorous, mesmerizing, shocking and deeply moving.
Date Published :
September 2017
Publisher :
New Island Books
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781848406582
Pages : 98
Dimensions : 8.45 X 5.3 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$12.99

Overview
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In blind old age, Dublin’s most famous gunslinger, the legendary street character Bang Bang, recalls decades roaming the streets of Dublin, which became Dodge City in his mind as he fought imaginary gun battles with bushwhackers and banditos with the large key he carried in his pocket as a pistol. Amid his fantastical tales, Bolger subtly weaves in his real life story, as Thomas Dudley, raised in a Cabra orphanage. A teenage girl sets out to entice the boy she wants to marry on an unfinished street corner in Cabra, after her family are given a new house there in 1941 following the destruction of their old home when a Nazi plane bombed the North Strand, causing a conflagration that tears apart an old Dublin community. John Bell, a twenty-year-old Finglas-born soldier in the First World War, recalls the village of his birth while awaiting execution at dawn in France in 1915. A century later, in the same suburb, a teenage girl sits beside an ancient stone cross to remember how her missing father intimated that she had hidden gifts just waiting to be found. These four richly evocative monologues were commissioned for Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood. In them, Dermot Bolger conjures up reimagined lives from the rich tapestry of Dublin life over the past century; stories that conspire to be humorous, mesmerizing, shocking and deeply moving, written by one of Ireland’s finest writers, hailed as "a master storyteller."

About The Author
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Born in Finglas, North Dublin, in 1959, DERMOT BOLGER is one of Ireland’s best-known writers across a range of genres. His fourteen novels include The Journey Home, A Second Life, and The Lonely Sea and Sky. His most recent play, Last Orders At The Dockside, had a hugely successful sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre in 2019. His last new collection of poetry was The Venice Suite (2012), a book which resonated widely for its exploration of loss.

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