‘Across the Boundaries’: Talking about Thomas Kilroy at TCD

Posted on: 16 April 2011

Trinity College Celebrates Playwright Thomas Kilroy with a Weekend of Lectures, Panel Discussions and Performance

A celebration of the work of the playwright Thomas Kilroy consisting of three events – a lecture, panel discussions and a performance of Kilroy’s play ‘Blake’ – took place in Trinity College Dublin recently.  Thomas Kilroy, who was present at all of the events, was recently made honorary fellow of the College.  The events were organised by Trinity’s Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, School of English and the Trinity Long Room Hub.

The events included a lecture by Professor of English Literature at TCD, Nicholas Grene on ‘The Modernity of Thomas Kilroy’, which included a response from Professor Anthony Roche, Associate Professor in the School of English, Drama & Film at UCD.  Two-panel discussions on the playwright’s work and influence entitled ‘Publishing and Reading Thomas Kilroy’ and ‘Directing Kilroy’ also took place.  Panellists at these events included Adrian Frazier, Director of the MA programmes in Drama and Theatre Studies, and in Writing, at NUI Galway and Declan Hughes, novelist and playwright, along with Patrick Mason, former Artistic Director with the Abbey Theatre from 1993 to 1999 and Emer O’Kelly, drama critic at the Sunday Independent since 1992, to name but a few.

Across the Boundaries was made possible through the financial support of the School of English and The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The staging of Blake was made possible by a grant from UNESCO City of Literature to whom kind acknowledgement was made.