Sean O'Hagan

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Jez Butterworth’s hit play about the ‘disappeared’ of the Troubles fails to capture the complexities of that period of history. Then there’s the cliches…Early in the summer of 1981, when the IRA hunger strike had already claimed the deaths of four republican prisoners, I travelled home from London to Armagh. My parents had not long moved from the estate where I grew up to my late grandparents’ house three miles south of the town. Even though we no longer lived in the hub of the nationalist community, I was utterly unprepared for the atmosphere that hung over the place, a sense of disbelief, communal grief and simmering tension unlike anything I had ever experienced there.feedback
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Jul 16 2017 London
Sean O'Hagan has most recently been quoted in an article called Critics loved The Ferryman. But I’m from Northern Ireland, and it doesn’t ring true. Sean O'Hagan said, “Jez Butterworth’s hit play about the ‘disappeared’ of the Troubles fails to capture the complexities of that period of history. Then there’s the cliches…Early in the summer of 1981, when the IRA hunger strike had already claimed the deaths of four republican prisoners, I travelled home from London to Armagh. My parents had not long moved from the estate where I grew up to my late grandparents’ house three miles south of the town. Even though we no longer lived in the hub of the nationalist community, I was utterly unprepared for the atmosphere that hung over the place, a sense of disbelief, communal grief and simmering tension unlike anything I had ever experienced there.”.
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