The Hostage has ratings and 10 reviews. Manny said: The bells of hell go ting-a-ling-a-lingFor you but not for heOh Death where is thy sting-a-ling. ”The Hostage” was a collaboration between an intuitive dramatist, Brendan Behan, and an inspired director, Joan Littlewood. In England and. An essential text in the development of modern British dramaFirst staged by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop company at the Theatre.

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This particular bookcase benan a mish-mash of mingled topics. The shelf below the political one starts up with all my scripts. First play on the shelf is The Hostageby Brendan Behan. The Hostage was written in Interestingly enough, my copy of the book, given to me by my father, was an early edition,and in the biographical sketch on brrndan back it says: So often now, regardless of whether the person is actually a terrorist or not, the word is surrounded by little quotation marks.

I love the play. The cast of characters is a motley array of whores and night-owls and other fringe-dwellers. The following day, an 18 year old IRA member is to be hanged.

He was accused of killing an Ulster policeman. Lots of talk and chatter about the IRA, andand martyrdom, and Ireland … A young Cockney soldier, Leslie Williams, is held hostage in the brothel, in the hopes that somehow this might stave off the execution … When the IRA member is hanged the following day, the British police eventually attack the brothel, and Leslie ends up getting killed by gunfire.

I can give you that easy.

Are you splendid, or just holy? Still, I see their reasons for choosing it too. No, your real trouble when you go to prison as a patriot, do you know what it will be? I was in the IRA inand in H. They had it all divided very nice and fair among themselves, and were ploughing and planting in great style.


The Hostage by Brendan Behan

Anyway I agreed with them, and stopped there for six months training the local unit to take on the IRA, the Free State Army, aye, or the British Navy if it had come to it. When Behn came back to Dublin, I was court-martialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. I always thought they were all ex-policement.

The man that is most loyal to his faith is the one that will prove most loyal to the cause.

Could you give me a testimonial I could use in my election address if I wanted to get into the coroporation? June 14, at 9: I saw the play done once in the 70s: I believe that it owes most of its success to the director [Joan Littlefield? Joan apparently really worked with the script, and adapted it, and shaped it — and apparently Behan was okay with that.

What a big mad feckin brain.

Only a true believer could savage a cause so dear to him in such a cutting manner. But until then, I do miss checking in here. Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hostxge That Must Be Answered. First script on my script shelf: Now your rent books, please, or a list of the tenants. It could have been your brother, for he was the spitting image of you. I hope that I could never betray my trust. The loss of liberty. No, the other Irish patriots, in along with you. Which branch of the IRA are you in? There is only one branch of the Irish Republican Army.


Those men were wrong on the social question. I would like to conclude that jostage. Let us proceed, shall we, sir? When may we expect the prisoner? Between nine and twelve.

Where is he now? Are you going down to Woolworths to buy one then? I have no business telling you any more than has already been communicated to you. Sure, I know that. The arrangements are made for his reception.

I will be here. Well, the usual terms, rent in advance, please. Is it looking for money you are? I might have known what to expect.

The Hostage

I know your reputation. How did you hear of our little convent? I do social work for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In the old days there were Communists thw the IRA. There were, faith, and plenty of them. Have you your initials mixed up? June 15, at Sadly it seems I can no longer access your site during the day as in from work. But what a pleasure to check in and see a post about Behan. Gonna be a reckoning some day. Leave grendan Reply Cancel reply Your email hlstage will not be published.

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