‘Pack up your troubles and smile, smile, smile’ – comic plays about the legacy of ‘the Troubles’ by Dr Tim Miles

There have been several plays concerned with the history, and legacy, of ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, produced since the ceasefires of 1994, that have chosen to portray events comically. The article will focus on five: A Night in November (1994) by Marie Jones; The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) by Martin McDonagh; The History of the Troubles (Accordin’ to my Da) (2002) by Martin Lynch, Connor Grimes and Alan McKee; and Caught Red-Handed (2002) by Tim Loane.

You can access the full essay at the link below

Pack up your Troubles and smile smile smile (academia.edu)   

Tim Miles is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool John Moores University. His PhD is on comedy

Dr Tim Miles at Liverpool John Moores University   

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