Synopsis

Shining City

Shining City $14.99

Conor McPherson

Published by Nick Hern Books

'The finest dramatist of his generation ... McPherson is back in business, writing magnificently' Daily Telegraph

'His sentences are better, his sentiments more developed than many Booker Prize-winners. He is terrific' Observer

Ian has left the priesthood to become a therapist. John is one of his first clients. John's wife has been killed in a car accident, and he keeps seeing her ghost. As John recovers with Ian's help, Ian himself is going under with troubles of his own.

'Shining City is up there with The Weir, moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping. There were many passages at last night's premiere when the quality of silence in the theatre was as rapt and attentive as any I have experienced. But there are also scenes that provoke great, generous gales of laughter, others that send a shiver of fear down the spine ... riveting' ~ Daily Telegraph

'compulsively gripping ... McPherson brilliantly reconciles the mundane and the metaphysical' ~ Guardian

'McPherson at his best, laying bare the soul in all its pathetic, flawed ordinariness' ~ London Evening Standard

'At his best Conor McPherson is a writer who combines great character comedy with a real sense of pathos. And this is Conor McPherson at his very best ... Guilt, sex and therapy with a script from acting heaven. Shining City is certainly Conor McPherson's writing at its most inspired' ~ Daily Mail

Conor McPherson was born in Dublin in 1971. His full-length plays include The Weir, Dublin Carol and Port Authority. His films include I Went Down, Saltwater and The Actors. His early plays This Lime Tree Bower, The Good Thief, Rum and Vodka and St Nicholas are published together in McPherson: Four Plays and a new anthology of this work McPherson Collected Plays: Volume Two, containing a never before published play, Come On Over

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