Thomas Kilroy, The Papers of
IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code: P103
Title: Thomas Kilroy, The Papers of
Date(s): 1955-2009
Extent: 50 boxes
Location: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway
CONTEXT
Biographical History

Thomas Kilroy was born in 1934 in Callan, County Kilkenny, to Thomas Kilroy and May (néDevine). He attended the school of the Christian Brothers, Callan, and St.Kieran's College, Kilkenny. At University College Dublin he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (1956), a Higher Diploma in Education (1957), and went on to a Master of Arts in English (1959), with the dissertation "Satirical Elements in the prose pamphlets of Thomas Nashe". Kilroy was auditor of the English Literature Society at UCD, and sometime-editor of The Student. The archives afford some insights into the literary and artistic debates of the time, and the aspirations of young writers (e.g. the letters from Desmond O'Grady). During the 1960s and 1970s, Thomas Kilroy was a visiting professor in a number of universities in the United States and Canada, including Notre Dame, Emory, Sir George Williams, and from 1965 to 1973 he held a lecturership at UCD, in the Department of Modern English and American Literature. In 1978, he was appointed to the chair of English in University College, Galway, which he held until 1989.

In 1968, his first play to reach the stage, 'The death and resurrection of Mr.Roche', was produced by the Dublin Theatre Festival, and with the exception of his novel The Big Chapel (1971), his literary achievements have been as a playwright, with the following plays (listing first productions): 'The O'Neill' (1969), 'Tea and sex and Shakespeare' (1976), 'Talbot's box' (1977), Chekhov's 'The seagull' (1981), 'Double cross' (1986), Ibsen's 'Ghosts' (1989), 'The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre' (1991), Pirandello's 'Six Characters in Search of an Author', and 'Henry' (1996 and 2005), 'The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde' (1997), 'Christ Deliver Us!' (2010), 'My Scandalous Life' (2011). These were produced by a number of theatre companies in Ireland, Europe and North America; the large majority of Irish productions were steered by The Abbey Theatre.From 1988 to 1992 Kilroy was a director on the board of The Field Day Theatre Company, founded by Brian Friel and Stephen Rea in 1980; his plays 'Double Cross' and 'The Madame McAdam Travelling Theatre' premiered with Field Day. Although focussing on theatre from its inception, Field Day has also been a publishing company since 1983, publishing essays ("pamphlets"), plays and poetry, and during Kilroy's membership they published the first three volumes of the large-scale Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing,edited by Seamus Deane (1991).Besides play-writing for the stage, Thomas Kilroy has also been writing for radio and television (including adaptations of the above plays). The 1968 radio play 'The Door', won Kilroy the BBC Northern Ireland prize for radio plays; the 2009 radio play 'In the Garden of the Asylum' was commissioned by RTÉin celebration of his 75th birthday. In manifestation of his double role as literary academic and writer, Kilroy published criticism of the Irish theatre, beginning with the seminal essay "Groundwork for an Irish Theatre" and including his edition of essays about SeáO'Casey. In an interview conducted by Vincent Woods for RTÉ[2009], Thomas Kilroy pointed to the importance of literary friendships for support at times of doubt.

The archives contain much personal correspondence with fellow writers, often offering constructive criticism on his work at draft stage, as well as drafts from playwrights and poets seeking his commentary. Thomas Kilroy is a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, the Royal Society of Literature, and Aosdá. He is the recipient of many literary awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award (Heinemann bequest, 1972); the American Irish Foundation award (1974); the Allied Irish Banks Award for Literature (1972); the Heinemann Award for Literature; Special Tribute Award from the Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards(2004); the Irish PEN/ A.T. Cross Award (2008).Thomas Kilroy continues to write and to teach.

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer

NUI Galway acquired this collection from Thomas Kilroy in December 2009, with further accessions in 2010 and 2011.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and Content

Literary drafts, of his finished novel and eighteen plays, including adaptations of plays beginning with Chekhov's Seagull.

Theatre production files, mostly programmes, promotional material, press reviews, few photographs.

Radio and television work, with both adaptations of his plays and original play.

Unfinished literary and media work, including novels 'Angela', 'Quirke', television plays; other projects.

Administrative records, concerning production and publication of his works, his involvement with The Abbey, and The Field Day Companies.

Private correspondence, with fellow playwrights including Tom MacIntyre, Frank McGuinness, and with fellow writers including John McGahern, Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane.

Drama, poetry and prose by other writers.

Critical writing about Thomas Kilroy - essays and reviews.

Lecture and conference notes.

Collected printed material.

Photographs, not production-specific.

System of arrangement

The large body of the collection comprises Kilroy's literary creations - from his fiction(novels, academic writing, reviews), plays (for stage, radio and television), to other contributions for radio and television. Each chapter dealing with a specific play will typically contain research notes; progressive drafts and scripts; correspondence; files on various productions with more correspondence, promotional material, (rarely) production photographs, reviews; translations; material regarding publication of the play; (rarely)box office and royalty statements; (sometimes) academic commentary. Adaptations for radio and screen are listed as dependent on the original play. In the case of "Double Cross", it was given inception by the radio play That Man, Bracken, and they are listed in their specific genres because of their structural differences. Kilroy's creative output is followed by private, academic and business correspondence; papers from his collaboration with the Abbey Theatre; with The Field Day Theatre; material from his academic career (excluding his academic writing); awards; criticism of Kilroy's work; other collected material in print; photographs not specific to the above. While the sections dealing with specific works contain some relevant correspondence, many of the letters from fellow writers also regard Kilroy's work more generally, and need to be complemented in any serious study of his work. In a specific case, letters from Patrick Mason are more likely to be found within the specific production files, and fewer in his personal correspondence files. The material from Thomas Kilroy's time as a student at UCD contains a series of correspondence undertaken by him as auditor of the English Literature Society, including items from Graham Greene, J.B.Priestley, Denis Johnston. Much of the literary draft material - where most difficulties in arrangement reside - had been pre-arranged with a boxlist supplied by the author: this order was broadly retained. Also, useful lists of correspondents (other writers, theatre practitioners) made by Kilroy were employed to identify items not fully signed.

CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE AREA
Conditions governing access

The material in this collection is available to all bona fide researchers and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at the James Hardiman Library. One section of the archive will remain closed until further notice. No material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the Library. The most appropriate form of reference is title of item: date of item: referencenumber (P103/...), James Hardiman Archives, NUI Galway.

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1 Literary work 1: novels, short prose
Date:1970-2009 Extent:32 items

1.1 "The Big Chapel"

1.1.1 Novel

1.1.1.1 Notes and drafts for the book publications

P103/1 Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes by Patrick Kilroy on the O'Keeffe case in Callan; collected by Thomas Kilroy in preparation for his novel The Big Chapel. With brief biographical note on Robert O'Keeffe, parish priest of Callan. Quoting verbatim his letter of submission to Bishop Moran of Ossory (1 July 1879); also transcribing inscription on family tomb, Newtown. Reverse bears draft handwritten letter from [Tom Kilroy] to [theatre producer, New York], regretting he cannot be there for the production - recommending Richard Eyre as a director, and mentioning that Niall Tobin is in New York and might be able to do a reading. [Original envelope identified writer of the historical note.]

Date:undated Extent:4 pp

P103/2 Scope and Content:

File of early handwritten notes for Thomas Kilroy's novel The Big Chapel . Including lists outlining chapters 1-11, contextualising or otherwise summarising notes; development of characters; and full prose drafts under various headings such as "The priest", "The marriage". Also including draft handwritten letter to "John"[ ] asking to read further instalment of the novel, asking for his opinion, asking to send it to Faber; hoping for an advance, and wondering about a reaction from Viking Press. All proceeding a point where old chapter 8 was split up into two, as in the published version (1971).

Date:undated Extent:57 pp

P103/3 Scope and Content:

Draft book (c.100pp) and loose enclosures with handwritten drafts by Thomas Kilroy of the "Callanbook" [The Big Chapel ]. Some historical notes (e.g. the suspending letter by Cardinal Cullen 1871) without citing sources; some historicising drafts in development of the character, "Fr William Edward Lannigan" [not eventually used].

Date:undated Extent:6 items

P103/4 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten drafts of Thomas Kilroy's novel The Big Chapel , paginated and corresponding closely to the published item. Including full chapters "Christmas Day 1871", "Summer 1872", "[The lawyers]", "Spring and summer 1872", "November 1872", "[Nicholas Scully]", also c.100 pp of disparately surviving drafts of diverse chapters, paginated but inconsistent. [Some of the fragments have suffered hydrolisis damage and require careful handling.]

Date:undated Extent:c.340 pp

P103/5 Scope and Content:

File (in orange folder) of manuscript notes by [Thomas Kilroy] for The Big Chapel . Including first two chapters prepared for the typist; a scheme of the novel and notes (paginated 1-64), a draft of the chapter later called "Christmas Day 1871".

Date:undated Extent:c.160 pp

P103/6 Scope and Content:

Copies of typescript draft outline of The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy (39 pp), one copy heavily annotated in places. Comprising a scheme for the novel in three parts, 12 chapters and an epilogue; excerpts from all three parts, and a summarising outlook with the chronology as an epilogue.

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/7 Scope and Content:

Early typescript draft of The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy, with some pages missing at the end. Comprising chapter 1 and part of chapter 2. (End is corresponding to p.44 of published version.)

Date:undated Extent:48 pp

P103/8 Scope and Content:

File of typescript fragments of drafts of The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy; all paginated but disparate survivals of complete drafts. Title page listing Kilroy's literary agents as Christy and Moore Ltd, London.

Date:undated Extent:c.7 items

P103/9 Scope and Content:

Typescript fragment of an early draft of The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy, entitled "A summary of the rest of the novel", outlining chapters viii to xii. Designating chapter xi as a review chapter with a chronology for the chief characters, and chapter xii to be a historical essay on the case of Reverend Robert O'Keeffe. [While corresponding to surviving drafts, not identifiable as part of surviving items.]

Date:undated Extent:2 pp

P103/10 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of complete novel The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy [for submission to Faber and Faber], with few corrections by hand. Containing author's note: "There was a town and a priest and a struggle but this is entirely a work of fiction". Still containing early part of chapter 4, excised in the next draft and the final version.

Date:undated Extent:326 pp

P103/11 Scope and Content:

Later typescript draft of complete novel The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy, with few corrections by hand (same as preceding draft 1/11). Author's note expanded to include biographical detail about Robert O'Keefe, and meditating on the transferral of fact into fiction (not eventually published). Two sections excised from chapters 4 and 11 (pp 82-86 and 299-304).[Paginated 1-325.]

Date:undated Extent:315 pp

1.1.1.2 Correspondence

P103/12 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from John Smith, Anthony Shiels and others at Christy and Moore, Ltd., and successor Anthony Sheil Associates Ltd./Sheil Land, both London, literary agents for Thomas Kilroy, regarding their agency for his novel The Big Chapel . Following unsuccessful submission of a previous novel, Fall from Grace, Smith gives extensive commentary on The Big Chapel; eventually securing Faber and Faber as publishers by April 1970 and managing publication, as well as later reprint by Poolbeg (1981). Including handwritten draft letter from Kilroy [1967] explaining the novel is intended to be the first of a trilogy "about a town at three different points in its modern history". Also containing letter from solicitors McCann, Fitzgerald, Roche and Dudley, Dublin, regarding the Faber contract.

Date:30 March 1966 - 3 August 1983 (1994) Extent:40 items

P103/13 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from various New York publishers for Thomas Kilroy, on receipt of his novel The Big Chapel; including Grove Press, Harper and Row, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. With expressions of interest from Grove Press, and from Little, Brown and Company. Mentioning his US agent Bill Berger Associates.

Date:November 1971- March 1972 Extent:7 items

P103/14
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P103/ 667

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from Charles Monteith and others at Faber and Faber Ltd., Russell Square, London, to Thomas Kilroy, regarding the preparation of the novel The Big Chapel for publication, promotional activities, royalties. Offering feedback, e.g. "a really intelligently and solidly structured novel, absolutely three dimensional character and a story- of, thank goodness, genuine interest and seriousness - told with a most admirable combination of directness and obliquity." (15 May 1971) Draft of a blurb (sent 21 August 1970) is not extant; including breaking news of its short-listing for the Booker Prize (11 October 1971); congratulations on the Guardian Fiction Award (11 November 1971). Including set of printed proofs with corrections (252 pp).

Date:December 1969- December 1972 Extent:35 items

P103/15 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from David Higham Associates, Ltd. (literary agents), London, for Thomas Kilroy, London and Dublin. Offering their services, following the excellent reviews of his novel The Big Chapel .

Date:1-7 October 1971 Extent:3 items

P103/16 Scope and Content:

File regarding the republication of Thomas Kilroy's novel The Big Chapel by Liberties Press. Containing correspondence from Daniel Bolger, editorial assistant, enclosing printed working proofs (255 pp) with handwritten corrections by Bolger and Kilroy. Also enclosing postcard from [Robert] McCrum, London, thanking Kilroy for sending him a hardback copy.

Date:[Spring] -June 2009 Extent:4 items

P103/17 Scope and Content:

Typescript offer of fee payment by Radio Teilefis Éireann, Dublin, to Thomas Kilroy, for the broadcast of 15 episodes of The Big Chapel. [Not as radio drama, but read by actor.]

Date:19 September 1984 Extent:1 p

1.1.1.3 Reviews

P103/18 Scope and Content:

File of press cuttings and offprints from online texts, regarding Thomas Kilroy's The Big Chapel, the original book (1971) and the new edition (2009). Also including notices on his being awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Allied Irish banks award, and others. Containing items (among others) from The Guardian, The Times, the Observer, the Irish Times, Irish Press, Hibernia, The Tablet. Reviewers include Christopher Wordsworth, Benedict Kiely, Patrick Boyle; also a statement by Brian Friel as an author nominating The big chapel as a novel he would like to see back in print.

Date:25 September-22 April 1972 (2008 - 2009) Extent:27 items

1.1.2 Radio play

P103/19 Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes (notepad c.36 pp and loose notes) by [Thomas Kilroy] for an adaptation of his novel The Big Chapel as a radio play. With some notes on deployment of narration and inner monologue; some on the structure; brief sketches of some dialogues and monologues (e.g. monologue of Emerine - "tis true everyone has trouble remembering my name..."). Also unrelated fragment notes on three plays beginning with Euripides' Iphigenia.

Date:[2002] Extent:2 items

P103/20 Scope and Content:

Typescript proposal for a radio play by Thomas Kilroy, based on his novel The Big Chapel. Falling into two parts (paginated continuously): proposal 1 deploys Horace Percy Butler as narrator; then summarising the two parts of the play and giving 10 scenes as samples. Proposal 2 consists of an introduction, a summary of scenes, one short sample scene at the beginning.

Date:[2002] Extent:11 pp

P103/21 Scope and Content:

Printed draft for Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Big Chapel, adapted from his novel, with some handwritten corrections. Containing title page, list of 18 persons including the narrator, introduction and c.130 scenes, but lacking ending (c.1-2 pp). Including scene (not in book) between Prime Minister Gladstone and Queen Victoria; also adding characters McAllindon and Houston, lawyers.

Date:[2002] Extent:57 pp

P103/22 Scope and Content:

Printed draft for Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Big Chapel, adapted from his novel, with some handwritten corrections; differing little from P103/21 but including end.

Date:[2002] Extent:55 pp

P103/23 Scope and Content:

Printed draft for Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Big Chapel, adapted from his novel, with some handwritten corrections; differing little from P103/21 but including the end.

Date:[2002] Extent:58 pp

P103/24 Scope and Content:

Printed draft fragments of Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Big Chapel, adapted from his novel, with few handwritten corrections; corresponding closely to the proposals for the play, and the three preceding drafts.

Date:[2002] Extent:[4 items]

P103/25 Scope and Content:

File of printed documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Big Chapel (based on his novel). Comprising programme note; documentation from RTE on the "Worldplay International Festival of Radio Drama"; programme for the UCD conference "Theatre of Sound" (in association with RTE Radio Drama) which had a contribution by Kilroy on the RTE production of The big chapel.

Date:10 January - 26 April 2003 Extent:3 items

1.1.3 Screenplay

P103/26 Scope and Content:

File of manuscript notes and drafts by [Thomas Kilroy] for a screenplay based on his novel The Big Chapel. Mostly containing schemes to break down the novel on the basis of its original 11 chapters, summarising the parts and their main thrust. Very little elaboration of scenes.

Date:[2000] Extent:16 pp

P103/27 Scope and Content:

File of variant draft summaries of The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy, made in early preparation of a screenplay based on the novel. All containing an introduction with the background to the story; early drafts seem to fall into two parts, later ones into three; parts further separated into scenes.

Date:[2000] Extent:7 items

P103/28 Scope and Content:

File of typescript and telefaxed correspondence between Tom Kilroy, Noel Pearson, Ferndale Films [Dublin], and Casarotto, Ramsay and Associates Ltd. Early plans for a movie production of The Big Chapel by Tom Kilroy: the author sending summaries and drafts of screenplay, the agents giving a quotation on the fees. Discussion by Kilroy and Pearson of possible involvement of Richard Harris; plan seems to have failed by October 2000.

Date:February - October 2000 Extent:6 items

1.2 Early and short fiction drafts
Date:undated Extent:4 items

P103/29
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P103/ 590

Scope and Content:

Folder marked "very early unpublished fiction". Comprising handwritten and typescript drafts for two short narratives by [Tom Kilroy], entitled "Ninepence", and "Pigeons". (Draft of "Ninepence" contains pencilled notes from literature class.)

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/30 Scope and Content:

Typescript copy of a short story by Thomas Kilroy entitled "The Murderer of Pinche, Confesses", with title page; beginning "I did not invite her into my scabrous life". (Paginated 1-23, with a partial duplicate.)

Date:undated Extent:23 pp

P103/31 Scope and Content:

Typescript copy of a short story by Thomas Kilroy entitled "How to Read a Poem of William Butler Yeats", with title page; beginning "Notice- 2.30pm: Final lecture: 'Patterns of Sexual Masochism in some poems of Yeats'".

Date:undated Extent:14 pp

P103/32 Scope and Content:

Draft typescript article (unpublished) by Thomas Kilroy, entitled "Syracuse". Travel writing about Syracuse in Sicily, beginning "the city had been a goal since those days in St.Kieran's College, Kilkenny...".

Date:undated Extent:10 pp

2 Literary work 2: plays and drama projects
Date:1964-2011 Extent:279 items

2.1 "The O'Neill"

2.1.1 Notes

P103/33 Scope and Content:

Handwritten historical notes by [Thomas Kilroy], one page entitled "Vi[cissitudes] Of an Anglo-Irish family", with some notes about the Bagenals of Newry in the late 16th century; other giving a working title and notes on cast and background for the play. FOLLOW THIS WITH /42

Date:undated Extent:2 pp

P103/34 Scope and Content:

Handwritten and typescript fragments from various drafts for Thomas Kilroy's play The O'Neill. Most are in need of conservation and cannot be separated due to water damage.

Date:undated Extent:c. 20 pp

P103/35 Scope and Content:

Early handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy [for his play The O'Neill]. Falling into three acts (at 2, 3, and 4 scenes respectively). Including cast members not eventually in the play (Hugh Rua O'Donnell, Fitzthomas, Mountjoy's secretary Moryson). Adding short scene at the end after O'Neill leaves stage, between Mountjoy and Moryson.

Date:undated Extent:93 pp

P103/36 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The O'Neill. Falling into three acts, with scenes only numbered for acts II and III (2 respectively). Closer to published version, Cecil replacing Moryson; end differing from published version (as first draft).

Date:undated Extent:67 pp

P103/37 Scope and Content:

Typescript and handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The O'Neill - a play in two acts. No numbering of scenes. Very close to printed version, but ending as in previous drafts (O'Neill exiting and Mountjoy remaining with Cecil).

Date:undated Extent:103 pp

P103/38 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of typed draft/faircopy by Thomas Kilroy of his play The O'Neill. Near -identical to published version, including historicising preamble on cast list. Including contact details for agent, Margaret Ramsay, London.

Date:undated Extent:73 pp

P103/39 Scope and Content:

Typescript (mostly copy) draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The O'Neill; as P103/36, but lacking one page, and adding a note on writing and first performance of the play (1964 and 1969).

Date:undated Extent:71 pp

P103/40 Scope and Content:

Typescript (mostly copy) draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The O'Neill; as P103/38, but lacking pp 1-12, and with some new manuscript corrections.

Date:undated Extent:59 pp

P103/41 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of by Thomas Kilroy of his play The O'Neill; lacking c.12 scenes at the end but very close to the published version. Probably later than P103/38-40: different type, and with some other manuscript corrections not eventually used in the published version. (Paginated by act.)

Date:undated Extent:46 pp

P103/42 Scope and Content:

Complete typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's play The O'Neill [for The Gallery Press], including the Peacock Theatre list of cast from premiere on 30 May 1969. Few handwritten corrections, eventually used in the published version.

Date:[1969] Extent:151 pp

2.1.2 Correspondence

P103/43 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from theatre practitioners to Thomas Kilroy, in response to his play The O'Neill. Comprising letters from Hilton Edwards, Gate Theatre, Dublin; Cyril Cusack, Dublin; and Mary O'Malley, Lyric Players, Belfast. All regretting they will not take it on at present; Hilton Edwards and Cusack offering constructive criticism. Including letter from Edwards in thanks for the tickets, and commenting on The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche (29 May 1969).

Date:13 June 1964- 29 May 1969 Extent:4 items

P103/44 Scope and Content:

File of business correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and mostly his agent Margaret Ramsay Ltd (and Casarotto Ramsay Ltd.), regarding his play The O'Neill. Including much early feedback from Ramsay, failure to place it with a London theatre company or with BBC Radio; and an agreement [for publication] (1995).

Date:November 1965- 4 June 1969 (1995) Extent:13 items

P103/45 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from Lucy Kroll, literary agent, New York (US), to Thomas Kilroy. Originally enclosing a piece from the New York Times (not extant); suggesting he submit The O'Neill.

Date:29 March 1972 Extent:1 p

P103/46 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from various employees at BBC Northern Ireland, Belfast, to Thomas Kilroy, regarding two attempts to have his play The O'Neill produced for radio. Including a letter from Roland Jaquarello who regrets there is no space for that play, but encourages him to submit an original one to Radio 3.

Date:4 June 1975-16 August 2000 Extent:3 items

2.1.3 Stage productions

P103/47
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P103/ 57

Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play The O'Neill , running 30 May - [ ] June 1969 on the Peacock Theatre stage. Directed by Vincent Dowling; starring Joseph O'Connor, Bernadette McKenna, Patrick Duggan. Comprising correspondence with Ernest Blythe and Tomás Mac Anna (see especially Mac Anna's and Kilroy's letters of 4 and 6 December 1967); memorandum of agreement (1 April 1969); programme (noting that the play is based loosely on Seán Ó Faoláin's biography); newspaper reviews; royalty returns in three weekly instalments. Also including a letter from Thomas Kilroy to Christopher Murray which originally enclosed correspondence about both this play and The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, discussing the production history of both plays (3 January 2002).

Date:[November 1965] - 21 June 1969 (January 2002) Extent:23 items

P103/48 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the An Grianán (Letterkenny) production of Thomas Kilroy's playThe O'Neill, running 8-11 July 2007. Directed by David Grant; starring Andrew Roddy, April Robinson, Cathleen Bradley. Comprising excerpt from the Earagáil Arts Festival programme, newspaper reviews, and a financial report by An Grianán Theatre (July 2007) after four shows.

Date:July 2007 Extent:11 items

2.1.4 Publication and translation

P103/49 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath, for Thomas Kilroy, regarding the publication of his play The O'Neill. Including a letter from Peter Fallon (1995); royalty returns 1996-2000.

Date:February 1995- December 2000 Extent:4 items

P103/50
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P103/ 88

Scope and Content:

Typescript French translation by Godeleine Carpentier of Thomas Kilroy's play The O'Neill, rendered Le grand O'Neill. With few pencil corrections and notes, e.g. denoting that original English names be used instead of translating them, i.e. "Yellow Ford" for "Gué-Jaune".

Date:1995 Extent:13 pp

P103/51 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten early drafts by Thomas Kilroy of play entitled Where are my neighbours?, set in a Dublin house of flats. List of 10 members of cast, fragments of first scene with dialogue between Mr Kelly and the landlady, named "Missus"; further of act 3, scenes 1-3.

Date:undated Extent:6 pp

2.2 "The death and resurrection of Mr Roche"

2.2.1 Notes and drafts

P103/52 Scope and Content:

"Nassau" notebook kept by Thomas Kilroy with two drafts for a play. First draft entitled House of three flats, sectioned into three acts ("Flat I" - "Flat III"). Second draft (no title) utilises the same cast, also in three acts; both dealing with bachelor protagonist "Kelly" recently diagnosed with tuberculosis who invites other inhabitants to a party; difference in tone, and in ending. [Second draft c.20 pp of typescript inserts, paginated [3]-32, possibly from a complete typescript draft now interleaved at the appropriate places.]

Date:undated Extent:c.120 pp

P103/53 Scope and Content:

Fragment handwritten draft for a play by Thomas Kilroy (untitled)[The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche], containing scene 2, and beginning of scene 3. Dialogue between protagonist "Kelly", neighbours "Brigid" and "Olive", and monologue by character "Missus". Action concerns preparations of "Kelly"'s party, and inset scene in Bundoran hearkening back to "Olive"'s holiday. On reverse of last page sketch of title The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Rice with cast list, similar to the final version of the play.

Date:undated Extent:24 pp

P103/54 Scope and Content:

Early fragment manuscript and typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of a play entitled The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche - a comedy in three acts; missing last pages. Specifying the first act to be of the death of Mr.Roche, the second about the disposal of the body and requiem, and the third to be about his resurrection. Including a page (p.3) with sketches of the six cast members. In characters and plot, very similar to final version. [Paginated, excepting an insert after p.6, and two inserts after p.72.]

Date:undated Extent:92 pp

P103/55 Scope and Content:

Copy of later typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of a play entitled The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche - a comedy in three acts. Act III much reworked; in plot and cast close to the final version, but ending with Séamus's departure, while printed play adds a further three scenes. [Paginated]

Date:undated Extent:92 pp

P103/56 Scope and Content:

Late typescript draft (91 pp) of play by Thomas Kilroy entitled The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche. A comedy in three acts, with handwritten corrections and insert; also with two typescript addenda and instructions where to insert them. Ending now also matching the final version. [Paginated 1-91; inserts added to the end.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

2.2.2 Correspondence

P103/57
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P103/ 47, 326

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from senior theatre practitioners to Thomas Kilroy, in response to having read his play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche. Comprising letters from Tomás Mac Anna, Abbey Theatre; Cyril Cusack, London; and Hilton Edwards, Gate Theatre; expressing misgivings about the play, and Mac Anna refusing it for the Abbey stage, but all encouraging him in his work. Cusack praises "the Johnny [radio] play I was privileged to take part in. Anyone I met - Englishers - who heard it, gave an enthusiastic reaction. They were moved and edified." (21 January 1968). [A letter from Kilroy to Christopher Murray, 3 January 2002, puts the first Mac Anna letter at "1966 or early 1967".]

Date:[1966]-17 May 1968 Extent:4 items

P103/58 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between "Peggy" of Margaret Ramsay Ltd., London, and Thomas Kilroy, concerning productions and publication of his play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche. Management of productions in Hampstead, London, and Edinburgh; also including receipts from her accounts department. Enclosing correspondence from third parties such as Brendan Smith (Dublin Festival), Michael Codron (West End producer), McCann Solicitors, Faber publishers. Including early feedback, doubting the play would pass the Lord Chancellor and stating "it is a pity that we are going through a puritanical period..."(23 August 1966). With some insights in general theatre business; Ramsay's views on engaging with "stars" such as Peter O'Toole.

Date:23 August 1966 - 4 August 1975 Extent:71 items

P103/59 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Lucy Kroll Agency, New York, and Thomas Kilroy, concerning US production and publication of his play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche. Managing production of play in February/ March 1971, and its publication by Grove Press. Including correspondence from third parties, especially the New Theatre Workshop (detailed enquiries for their production); also e.g. theatre agent Ivor David Balding Associates (with feedback). Also including some of the audience's views after a successful show. [There are no production documents from the New Theatre Workshop.]

Date:12 April 1968 - 8 March 1971 Extent:80 items

P103/60
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P103/ 549

Scope and Content:

File of other business and private correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various producers, publishers, spectators, solicitors, regarding other productions of his play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche in London, New York, Dublin (1989). Including correspondence from The National Theatre (London); Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (London); Theater in der Josefstadt (Vienna); BBC (radio play with Niall Tóibín 1972); RTÉ (repeat 1975); reply from J.W.Lambert, reviewer in The Sunday Times [1969]. Also including letters from Noel Pearson, Ferndale Films, referring to a production of the play at the Abbey Theatre, and referring to other matters such as a film about Maud Gonne (February 1989).

Date:23 October 1968 -17 October 2003 Extent:12 items

2.2.3 Stage productions

P103/61 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Dublin Theatre Festival production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche (Olympia Theatre), running 30 September - 12 October 1968. Directed by Jim Fitzgerald; starring Niall Tóibín, Kevin McHugh, Ronnie Walsh. Including correspondence (e.g.with Festival Director Brendan Smith, the Olympia Theatre, the viewing public); box office returns; printed programmes; press cuttings with reviews of the play. Including a holograph letter from Anna Monahan, New York (15 October) stating "I am so delighted that playwrights of your stature are still being bred in Ireland"; also a letter from a London agent for Robert Aldrich, interested in the play and the filming rights (May 1969).

Date:7 October 1968 - 16 May 1969 Extent:40 items

P103/62 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Hampstead Theatre Club (London) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running 3 -26 July 1969 (London) and [May 1970] (Lyceum, Edinburgh). Directed by Richard Eyre; starring Gawn Grainger, Jim Norton, Desmond Perry. Including correspondence (e.g.with theatre producer Michael Codron); box office returns; printed programmes, press cuttings with reviews of the play.

Date:January - August 1969 - [ - 24 May 1970] Extent:24 items

P103/63 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Rowohlt Theater production (Augsburg, Germany) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche (Tod und Auferstehung des Herrn Roche von Dublin), running 29 December 1971- [ ] January 1972. Directed by Karl Heinz Roland, starring Edgar Marcus, Arno Bergler, Klaus Martin Heim. Containing correspondence, press cuttings from various German papers. [Partly in German]

Date:14 April 1971 - 10 January 1972 Extent:10 items

P103/64 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Everyman Theatre (Cork) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running 30 April - [ ] May 1973. Directed by Michael McCarthy; starring Mick O'Gara, Denis McSweeney, Brian Bolingbroke. Containing printed programme; press cuttings.

Date:[April/ May] 1973 Extent:6 items

P103/65 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running 8 - [19] May 1973. Directed by T.P.McKenna; starring Eamonn Kelly, Micheal O h-Aonghusa, Kevin McHugh. Comprising printed programme; press reviews.

Date:8-[19] May 1973 Extent:6 items

P103/66 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Radio 4 (BBC) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, broadcast 12 June 1972; produced by Denys Hawthorne. Comprising correspondence (e.g. with drama producer John Scotney); press cuttings; further correspondence with Michael Garvey, Head of Drama, RTE, over payment of a fee [for re-broadcast, July 1975].

Date:15 November 1971 - 8 June 1972 (July 1975) Extent:9 items

P103/67
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P103/ 315

Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Theatre-off-Park (New York) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running from 13-16 April [1978]. Directed by Jamie Brown, starring Douglas Fisher, Stephen Gabis, Robert Hitt. Comprising correspondence from producer Kelly Monaghan, and a playbill (with a handwritten note by Monaghan to Brian [Friel]). Letter from Monaghan asks Kilroy whether the play could be turned into a two-acter, for American audiences.

Date:3 October 1978- [March 1981] Extent:4 items

P103/68 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Whole Theatre Company (New York) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running from [ ] - 29 March 1981. Directed by Peter Kass; starring Peter Rogan, Dan Moran, Apollo Dukakis. Comprising a notebook with handwritten notes by Thomas Kilroy, possibly for one of the New York productions; script (2 acts) with Kelly Monaghan's contact details; correspondence with Kelly Monaghan; press cuttings. Also including a letter from Austin Pendleton, New York, praising the play and a recent reading he heard of it by the Whole Theatre Company. The notebook also contains a section (32 pp) with a draft of one-act play entitled "Will you wash up tonight?", featuring three characters ("Michael", "Mina", "old farmer"); breaks off before end.

Date:22 July 1979 - 12 March 1981 Extent:14 items

P103/69 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running 25 - [ ] May 1989. Directed by Ben Barnes; starring Eamon Morrissey, John Olohan, Clive Geraghty. Comprising programme; press cuttings.

Date:[15 May] - 3 June 1989 Extent:7 items

P103/70
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P103/ 55

Scope and Content:

Printed programme of the Contemporary American Theatre Company (Columbus, Ohio); advertising for a production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, running 8 April - 2 May 1992.

Date:April/ May 1992 Extent:8 pp

P103/71 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the reading of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche, as part of the Abbeyonehundred celebrations in 2004. Comprising a letter from Ben Barnes, Artistic Director, Abbey Theatre, to Kilroy, proposing that his play would represent the 1964-1974 period in a series of readings of representative plays; also containing Abbeyonehundred programme.

Date:22 July 2003 - 16 October 2004 Extent:2 items

2.2.4 Publications and translation

P103/72 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Faber and Faber edition of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche - a comedy in three acts (1969). Including correspondence from Frank Pike and others at Faber, discussing details and enclosing proofs; contract; printed proofs ([1969] or [1971], 62 pp); press cuttings reviewing the publication (e.g.The Times Literary Supplement, The Irish Press). [Unlike Gallery Press version, this is in three acts, and with an ending resembling draft of P103/ 55.]

Date:December 1968- March 1971 Extent:27 items

P103/73 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Grove Press edition of Thomas Kilroy's play The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche (1969), mostly handled through the Lucy Kroll agency. Including legal agreement (28 November 1968); statement for royalties (31 December 1971).

Date:October 1968- December 1971 Extent:20 items

P103/74 Scope and Content:

File of documents concerning the translation into French of Thomas Kilroy's play The death and resurrection of Mr. Roche, by Deirdre O'Callaghan and Philippe Avril (rendered as Mort et résurrection de monsieur Roche). Containing correspondence from the translators, obtaining the rights to translate, and their efforts to produce the play in France or Belgium.

Date:April 1992 - April 1993 Extent:5 items

2.3 "Tea and sex and Shakespeare"

2.3.1 Notes and drafts

P103/75
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P103/ 81

Scope and Content:

File of disparate, fragmented early handwritten drafts of the play Tea and sex and Shakespeare by [Thomas Kilroy]. Containing three drafts of part of the first act, one entitling the play Inmates, with cast list, description of scene, first dialogue (all beginning with Brian and Sylvester and / or Elmina). Most extensive draft (42 pp) contains two additional characters, "Shanahass" (literary mentor) and "the man with two suitcases". [Cf.P103/81, which might contain early drafts alongside revisions.]

Date:undated Extent:c.13 items

P103/76 Scope and Content:

Notebook with handwritten early draft of a play by [Thomas Kilroy] entitled variously Man in Room - a farce/ Visitors / Beware of Shakespeare/ Shakespeare, the terrorist. Listing seven cast members, setting scene; dialogue for Acts I and II, specifying a "hospital" and a "bannister scene". On title page: "the sense of enclosure within a room. The room as mind. The house as 'experience'. A day in the life of - ". (pages 15-16 are on a loose leaf.) [Characters and scene correspond to published version]

Date:undated Extent:38 pp

P103/77 Scope and Content:

Early typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare (no title or signature), with handwritten corrections. The setting is changed for the second act, and play ends in a scene with Brien and Elmina carrying suitcases. [Paginated 4-95; missing pp 2, 3, 22, 74-75; duplicate pp 10, 20, 64. Box-list stated that this was a script for the Abbey Theatre.]

Date:undated Extent:93 pp

P103/78 Scope and Content:

Early typescript draft of the play [Tea and sex and Shakespeare by Thomas Kilroy] (no title or signature); further developed from the script for the Abbey Theatre. Acts I and II are entitled "Daylight" and "Nightlight", respectively. Ending of Act I differs from the first Abbey script; ending of Act II is close. [Paginated 1-109; missing pp 76, 78-85.]

Date:undated Extent:102 pp

P103/79 Scope and Content:

Later typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's playTea and sex and Shakespeare , with extensive handwritten corrections and instructions for fair typing. Acts I and II are entitled "Daylight" and "Nightlight", respectively. Stage instructions for the set now close to final version; end of Act I further changed, end of Act II elaborated on, and offering alternative ending. (Lists Kilroy's agent as Margaret Ramsay Ltd., London.) [Paginated 1-89; with an insert p.42A and title pages.]

Date:undated Extent:93 pp

P103/80 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of a typescript copy of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare [as published by Gallery Press 1998].

Date:undated Extent:137 pp

P103/81
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P103/ 75

Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and typescript fragments of [revisions and/or drafts] for Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare. Including a page in Kilroy's hand, offering a synopsis of the play, calling it a "surrealistic, fantastic comedy which is also a play of ideas", and referring to last year's production by The Rough Magic Theatre Company, Dublin. [Cf.P103/68 which contains early drafts of the play: the items in this folder were marked "Revisions?", but some appear to be drafts.]

Date:undated Extent:c.8 items

2.3.2 Correspondence

P103/82 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between literary agents Margaret Ramsay Ltd., London, and Thomas Kilroy, informing him of their actions in placing his play Tea and sex and Shakespeare with producers in London, New York, Germany. With references to Max Stafford-Clark's production after failed attempts to place it with H.M.Tennent (West End); tentative talks of giving away the American rights, and correspondence with Jamie Brown, New York; BBC radio play, and German translation. Stating (4 March 1977) there were three problems with placing the play: the number of copies they had, the fact it was not easy to read, and "it's Irish !!!"

Date:16 October 1975- 2 November 1979 Extent:18 items

P103/83 Scope and Content:

File of other correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various producers, directors, and associates, in endeavours to stage his play Tea and Sex and Shakespeare. Including letters from Max Stafford-Clark (director), H.M.Tennent (London), also John Beary and Jamie Brown (both New York). Letter from Mac Anna quoting high praise from Brian Friel, and tentative plans for either Peter O'Toole or Donal McCann in the title role. Also including praise from John G.McHale P.P., County Sligo; from Colin J.Teevan at Queen's University, Belfast.

Date:30 August 1976- 17 June 1999 (and undated) Extent:15 items

2.3.3 Stage productions

P103/84
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P103/ 549

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File of documents regarding The Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare, running 6- [ ] October 1976 . Directed by Max Stafford-Clark; starring Donal McCann, Aideen O'Kelly. Including correspondence from Tomás Mac Anna enclosing readers' comments on the play (with Kilroy's notes on the reverse); printed programme (and copies); two black-and-white photographs by Fergus Burke (depicting McCann, O'Kelly, and a tableau with a cast of seven). Letters from Mac Anna testify to the prolonged search for a lead-role actor after attempts to employ Jonathan Hales or Peter O'Toole (undated).

Date:1976 Extent:18 items

P103/85 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Rough Magic production and Irish tour of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare, running [13 June] - 9 July 1988; [premiering in Belfast] . Directed by Declan Hughes, starring Stanley Townsend, Helene Montague. Including two sets of reworked drafts of the play (152 pp and 5 items respectively); correspondence with Declan Hughes and others at Rough Magic; printed programme; press cuttings. Including press cutting from The Irish Times of an article by Charles Hunter entitled "Thomas Kilroy: a private subversive" with some handwritten markings and comments by Kilroy. Two sections (152 pp) of typed "Rough Magic working script" of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare, first section (p.1-50) duplicate of P103/ 75, second part (p.44-145) seemingly a different script. Both very close to version eventually published by Gallery Press 1998. [Boxlist states that this was for the Rough Magic production.] WITH 83!!! File of typescript and handwritten new drafts of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare, preparing for the Rough Magic revival of the play (1988). The most extensive section is paginated 1-42; others are disparate loose leaves from other drafts. [Identification of the drafts was made from the author's boxlist.]

Date:[ ] July - 5 August 1988 Extent:17 items

P103/86 Scope and Content:

Printed programme of the Brown Penny production of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare, running17 April - 2 June [2001]; premiering in Cork. Directed by Tim Murphy; starring Gary Murphy, Judie Chalmbers.

Date:[2001] Extent:2 items

2.3.4 Publication and translations

P103/87 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Peter Fallon, The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath, and Thomas Kilroy, regarding the publication of his play Tea and sex and Shakespeare (1998). Including memorandum of agreement; royalty statements 1999-2000.

Date:August 1998- December 2000 Extent:6 items

P103/88
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P103/50

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File of documents regarding the French translation of Thomas Kilroy's play Tea and sex and Shakespeare as published [by Gallery Press 1998]. Containing correspondence from translators Emile-Jean Dumay and Godeleine Logez-Carpentier, notes on translation (also of The O'Neill), typescript of the translation, rendered Thé , sexe et Shakespeare (36 pp), French publishers' promotional leaflet.

Date:1994-1997 Extent:6 items

2.4 "Talbot's box"

2.4.1 Research material, notes, drafts and scripts

P103/89 Scope and Content:

File of items marked "important background to go in Talbot's Box"; including theatre programme for Gustave Flaubert's La tentation de S.Antoine produced by [Théatre de France]; copy of Institut de recherches sur le jeu de l'acteur (Teatr Laboratorium, Wroclaw); exhibition programme for "Contemporary theatre design" [no place, 1970].

Date:[1967] - 1970 Extent:3 items

P103/90 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes and material collected by [Thomas Kilroy] in preparation of his play Talbot's Box. Including biographical points, notes on the philosophies of idealism and naturalism, notes from Adorno, Kierkegaard, St.John of the Cross; a relic of Matt Talbot from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dublin.

Date:undated Extent:7 items

P103/91 Scope and Content:

File of fragmentary early handwritten and typescript notes by Thomas Kilroy in preparation of his play Matt Talbot [Talbot's Box]. Including early schemes for scenes; early draft for the first scene in the morgue with two cast members called "Mick" and "Dick", and for a part of the last scene.

Date:undated Extent:[20 items]

P103/92 Scope and Content:

Handwritten fragment of early draft by [Thomas Kilroy for his play Talbot's Box]; scenes dealing with 1913 and "class" and only very vaguely corresponding with scenes in Act I (Paginated 31-39.)

Date:undated Extent:9 pp

P103/93 Scope and Content:

Handwritten fragment of early draft by [Thomas Kilroy for his play Talbot's Box]; corresponding to scenes in Act I. (Paginated 5-22.)

Date:undated Extent:18 pp

P103/94 Scope and Content:

Handwritten fragment of early draft by [Thomas Kilroy for his play Talbot's Box]; corresponding to scenes in both Act I and Act II. (Paginated 15-32.)

Date:undated Extent:18 pp

P103/95
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P103/ 374

Scope and Content:

Notebook kept by [Thomas Kilroy] with drafts for Farmers [RTÉ Television play, 1978] (c.75 pp), and for his play Talbot's box (c.55 pp). Farmers is in two parts (further division into scenes) with dialogue between "Nuala", "Judith", "Peter", and others. Talbot's box contains notes on stage set (note "Jesuit theatre"), notes entitled "the paradoxes", extensive dialogue corresponding to much of Act II (as published by Gallery Press); statement on Matt Talbot and the basic meaning of the play. The book also contains a draft letter to Margaretta [D'Arcy].

Date:undated Extent:c.130 pp

P103/96 Scope and Content:

Copy typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play Talbot's Box, with a few handwritten corrections. Listing cast of the first production. [Broadly corresponding to the Gallery Press version. Paginated 1-37.]

Date:post-1977 Extent:40 pp

2.4.2 Correspondence

P103/97 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence (and a press cutting) from various theatre managers, academics, publishers, generally regarding Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box. With expressions of interest in staging the play from the State Theatre of Kentucky, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, St.Nicholas Theater (Chicago), Noel Pearson (for Abbey or Project Theatre stages); statement by Elmer [Andrews] that various plays including Talbot's Box were submitted for the Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Drama. Also including detailed questions on the play by student Phil Dunne, Dublin.

Date:December 1977- September 2010 Extent:16 items

2.4.3 Stage productions and translations

P103/98
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P103/ 549

Scope and Content:

File of documents from The Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box, running 13 - [ ] October 1977 and 23 January- [ ] 1978 (Dublin) and 23 November - [ ] 1977 (Royal Court, London). Directed by Patrick Mason; starring John Molloy. Comprising two typescript drafts for the Abbey Theatre (13 pp and 59 pp with annotations); correspondence with literary agent Margaret Ramsay, Tomás Mac Anna of The Abbey Theatre, and members of the audience in Dublin and London; printed programmes of Abbey (1978 only) and Royal Court shows; press cuttings with reviews. Including first feedback from Margaret Ramsay (16 July 1974), unhappy with the presentation of the play which was similar to Jimmie Saunders's recent Hans Kohlhaas adaptation. [The two drafts were marked on the boxlist as having been used at Abbey Theatre rehearsals.]

Date:16 July 1974 -23 November 1977 [1978] Extent:33 items

P103/99 Scope and Content:

File of printed flier and programmes of the Lyric Players Theatre (Belfast) production of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box, running 24 April - 20 May 1978. Directed by Ann O'Driscoll; starring Louis Rolston.

Date:April - May 1978 Extent:3 items

P103/100 Scope and Content:

File of documents from the Red Kettle (Waterford) production of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box, running 2-17 September 1988 at the Garter Lane Theatre. Directed by Jim Nolan; starring Aidan Walsh. Comprising correspondence with Jim Nolan; printed programme; press reviews. Including a letter from Jim Nolan, regretting that their proposed tour of the play in 1989 had to be cancelled due to lack of funding.

Date:8 April 1988 - 23 January 1989 Extent:15 items

P103/101 Scope and Content:

Printed programme of the Mostly Irish Theatre Company production of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box at the Santa Clara University's Fess Parker Studio Theatre, running [August 1993]. Directed by John Rose O'Riordan; starring Walter M.O'Connell.

Date:August 1993 Extent:4 pp

P103/102 Scope and Content:

File of documents of the Feedback Theatre Company production of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, running 4-20 August 1994. Directed by Pat Kiernan; starring Conor Tallon. Including correspondence between Feedback Theatre, Casarotto and Ramsay Ltd, and Kilroy; press reviews. Also including a sheet of quotations from various Irish and British reviews of the play [for use in the Feedback programme].

Date:June - August 1994 Extent:10 items

P103/103 Scope and Content:

File of press cuttings from the Irish Times, with mentions of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's Box. Including article by Sara Keating reviewing Sean O'Casey's plays and calling Kilroy's play "one of the greatest Dublin plays of all time" (29 September 2010) .

Date:19 June 2001, 59 September 2010 Extent:3 items

2.4.4 Publication and translation

P103/104
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P103/ 98

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from Peter Fallon at The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath, to Thomas Kilroy, regarding publication of his play Talbot's Box (1997). At one stage, enclosing proofs (28 pp) with corrections by the editor. Also including the memorandum of agreement; royalty statements (1999, 2000).

Date:March 1989- December 2000 Extent:7 items

P103/105 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between The English Agency (Japan) Ltd, Tokyo, Japan, editor Junko Matoba, Tokyo, and Thomas Kilroy, regarding or translations of his play Talbot's Box (and unnamed others) into Japanese; arranging financial details and editing the translation.

Date:19 May 1994 - 8 November 1995 Extent:4 items

P103/106 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and French translation of Thomas Kilroy's play Talbot's box. Correspondence between translator Denis Rigal, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, and Thomas Kilroy, about the translation and potential productions and publication of this and other works, locally. Enclosing typescript translation entitled La boîte de Talbot (1995, 63 pp). Also referring to a certain "de luxe" copy [of item published by Yves Prié].

Date:25 May 1993 - 17 August 1997 (2001) Extent:14 items

2.4.5 Criticism

P103/107 Scope and Content:

Typescript essay by [ ] entitled "L'espace dans Talbot's box", with the handwritten note "Dubost essay?". beginning "Espace du texte, espace de jeu, l'attention particulière portée à la mise en scène..." [Identical with a chapter of that title in Thierry Dubost's Le théatre de Thomas Kilroy (Caen 2001) 51-65.]

Date:undated Extent:8 pp

2.5 Anton Chekhov's "The seagull"

2.5.1 Notes, drafts and scripts

P103/108 Scope and Content:

Refill pad with handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy, for his adaptation of Chekhov's The seagull; containing cast list and stage directions, and comprising most of Act 1. [Partially paginated, 1-21.]

Date:undated Extent:32 pp

P103/109 Scope and Content:

Fragment of handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy, for his adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull; comprising parts of one of the scenes of Act 1, beginning with "Isobel": "And is that what you call it, idealism...". Also containing disparate notes from a traveller's account, and about Sheridan Knowles.

Date:undated Extent:6 pp

P103/110 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy, for his adaptation of Chekhov's The seagull, comprising stage directions and dialogue for [Act 3]. [Paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:30 pp

P103/111 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy, his adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull; comprising Acts 3 and 4. [Paginated 1-22.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/112 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft (94 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull; and drafts of insert for Act 4. Marked "first draft", giving literary agent Margaret Ramsay's contact details. Insert both handwritten and typed (6 pp) entitled "The Game of Lotto", and designated to fit into Act 4. [Paginated 1-52, 1-18, 1-19. In the box-list, Kilroy named this as a draft for the Royal Court Theatre: since there is also a rehearsal script for the Royal Court, and no other first typescript draft, this was not placed with the other Royal Court material.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

2.5.2 Correspondence

P103/113 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from literary agents Margaret Ramsay Ltd and successors Casarotto Ramsay Ltd, London, with Thomas Kilroy, over various stagings of his adaptation of Chekhov's The seagull. Including early feedback; arrangements for stagings for which no other documentation is held (e.g. Abbey Theatre production 1999); discussing inclusion of the play in a Faber anthology focussing on Chekhov (30 March 1995).

Date:July 1980- December 1999 Extent:6 items

P103/114
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P103/549

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various producers, directors, and others, concerning his adaptation of Chekhov's The seagull. Among theatres interested in the play are the Circle Repertory (New York), Contact Theatre Company (Manchester); eventually produced also by the Liverpool Playhouse (1986). Including an acknowlegement of receipt of the script from Maggie Smith, correspondence with the Abbey showing they intended to produce the play when the Gate Theatre forestalled them; Professor Vera Gottlieb regarding an essay about his adaptation work. Also including offer of engagement by the BBC Radio Ulster, for an interview conducted with Kilroy about his adaptation from Chekhov (25 October 1981).

Date:January 1982- March 2000 Extent:9 items

2.5.3 Stage productions

P103/115 Scope and Content:

File of records from the Royal Court Theatre's production of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of The Seagull, running [2] April - [15] May 1981. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark; starring Anna Massey, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser. Containing typed "Rehearsal script" (68 pp); correspondence from literary agents, Royal Court; weekly box-office returns; programme; press reviews (with cartoon in Punch; interview in Quarto); other related material. Including initial letter from Max Stafford-Clark, suggesting the adaptation from Chekhov and proposing a collaboration with the Abbey Theatre. Also including a black and white photograph (250 x 177 mm, no credits) with Harriet Walter as "Lily"; an appreciative letter from Charles Monteith at Faber, having seen the play.

Date:28 March 1980- May 1981 Extent:26 items

P103/116 Scope and Content:

File of documents from the Irish Theatre Company production of Thomas Kilroy's Chekhov adaptation of The seagull, running 13-16 October 1981 at the Olympia Theatre (Dublin Theatre Festival). Directed by Patrick Mason; starring Rosaleen Linehan; Alan Stanford; Ciaran Hinds. Comprising printed programmes; photographs by Fergus Bourke (10 at 257x 220cm); press reviews.

Date:October 1981 Extent:32 items

P103/117 Scope and Content:

Printed programme and flier from the New Cross Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's Chekhov adaptationThe seagull, running 17-28 March [1992] (part of the Irish Arts Festival in London). Directed by Nesta Jones; starring Frankie Cosgrave, Steven Dykes, David Keefe.

Date:March [1992] Extent:2 items

P103/118 Scope and Content:

File of documents from the Gate Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's Chekhov adaptationThe seagull, running 8-[ ] March 1994. Directed by Lindsay Posner; starring Gillian Barge; James Laurenson; Peter Hanly. Comprising correspondence with Michal Colgan (Gate Theatre), literary agents; printed programmes; Roy Foster's note for the programme (adapted from his article in the Times Literary Supplement).

Date:14 December 1992-March 1994 Extent:8 items

P103/119 Scope and Content:

File of documents from the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) production of Thomas Kilroy's Chekhov adaptation The seagull, running 9-25 August 2001 (City Theatre). Directed by Andrew S.Paul; starring Helena Ruoti, Darren Eliker, Jarrod Fry. Comprising printed programmes and other promotional material; colour photographs by Suellen Fitzsimmons (10 items, 254 x 203 cm); press reviews.

Date:August 2001 Extent:21 items

2.5.4 Publications and criticism

P103/120 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the publication of Thomas Kilroy's Chekhov adaptationThe seagull by Methuen, in the Royal Court Writers series. Comprising correspondence between Mary Remnant, Eyre Methuen Ltd, London, and Kilroy; entire published script (reprint 1983, 41 pp) with some handwritten notes by Kilroy.

Date:17 February -4 March 1981 [1983] Extent:4 items

P103/121 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence mostly between Peter Fallon, The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath, and Thomas Kilroy, regarding the publication of his Chekhov adaptation The seagull (1993). Discussing publishing the Kilroy "canon" along a three-four-year-plan; disappointment that the Abbey Theatre will not produce it; comprising memorandum of agreement (24 March 1993); royalty statements between 1993 and 2000 (incomplete); photocopy of Kilroy's introduction to the play.

Date:27 January 1993- December 2000 Extent:7 items

P103/122 Scope and Content:

File of articles and a thesis, regarding Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull. Comprising press cutting with article by Fintan O'Toole "Chekhov without Control" [1995]; essay by Thierry Dubost, "Irish disconnections with the former British Empire: Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of The seagull" (2002); MA thesis by Mary Rawson, An acting analysis of the character Pauline in Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The seagull" (Point Park College [Pittsburgh, U.S.], 2003.

Date:1995, 2002-2003 Extent:3 items

2.5.5 Radio production

P103/123 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the radio play version of The seagull by Thomas Kilroy, based on his adaptation from Chekhov, made for the British Broadcasting Corporation's "World drama series" (for the World Service and Radio 4), and directed by David Hutchison; broadcast 7 September 1986. Including two items of correspondence with David Hutchinson, BBC, London (also regarding repeats of the play); a typescript draft (71 pp) with handwritten corrections; a typescript copy of the radio play (85 pp); monthly programme for the B.B.C. World Service, with a portrait of Alan Rickman and Anna Massey from the Globe Theatre production of Kilroy's The seagull on the cover.

Date:September 1986- January 1988 Extent:8 items

2.5.6 Screenplay and film projects

P103/124 Scope and Content:

File of fragmentary drafts by Thomas Kilroy for a screen version of his Chekhov adaptation of The seagull. Some typescript with corrections; some handwritten, with parts of first and fourth acts; some copies of the Methuen edition of the play used for cutting and pasting.

Date:undated Extent:5 items

P103/125 Scope and Content:

Refill pad comprising a pasted and handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy for a screen version of his Chekhov adaptation of The seagull, with a title page, in 88 scenes. [Paginated 1-61. Marked in the boxlist as compiled for the BBC Performance Series. Using material copied and pasted from The Gallery Press publication of the play.]

Date:undated Extent:62 pp

P103/126 Scope and Content:

Copy of a later draft by Thomas Kilroy for a screen version of his Chekhov adaptation of The seagull, with title pages; in 99 scenes. [Paginated 1-80; one insert p.28A. Seemingly a draft based on his "first draft" P103/ 112; marked on the boxlist as made for the BBC, Northern Ireland.]

Date:undated Extent:81 pp

P103/127 Scope and Content:

File of fragmentary later drafts by Thomas Kilroy for a screen version of his Chekhov adaptation ofThe seagull, with three slightly varying endings. [Seemingly based on his "first draft" P103/ 112; marked on the boxlist as made for the BBC, Northern Ireland.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/128 Scope and Content:

Copy film script by Thomas Kilroy based on his adaptation for the stage of Chekhov's The seagull, for the BBC television Performance Series, in 94 scenes. [Paginated 1-89.]

Date:undated Extent:91 pp

P103/129 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, The Irish Film Board, and private advisor Fred Haines, Dublin, regarding funding for a film based on Kilroy's Chekhov adaptation, The seagull. Including handwritten notes and a synopsis of the play by Kilroy, and documents for an application to the Film Board (1982).

Date:13 October 1982-30 November 1983 Extent:5 items

P103/130 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from Margaret Ramsay Ltd and successor Casarotto and Ramsay Ltd, with Thomas Kilroy, regarding various projects of filming his adaptation of Chekhov's The seagull. Including early plans to involve the Royal Court Theatre; contract with RTÉ; with BBC (Channel 4, later Northern Ireland). Also including correspondence from third parties such as Stuart Burge (actor in The Royal Court production), giving advice on the early project (1983/1984).

Date:9 Feburary 1981 - 8 November 1995 Extent:22 items

P103/131 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Robert Cooper, Drama Producer, and other editors, BBC, Belfast, and Thomas Kilroy, regarding a feature-length film based on his adaptation of Chekhov's The seagull. The project founders in 1998 for lack of funding. Including a copy typescript "first draft" of 1995 with some handwritten corrections (80 pp).

Date:19 April 1982- 31 March 1998 Extent:11 items

2.6 "Double cross"

2.6.1 Notes, drafts and scripts

P103/132
See Also

P103/ 329

Scope and Content:

File of records relating to Thomas Kilroy's research for writing his play Double cross. Comprising handwritten notes entitled "Bracken" and "Double cross", and correspondence. With comments on intention and plot of the play, drafts of dialogue for two parts, notes on historical context. Including statement "...you could say, this is a play about brothers". Correspondence from J.A.Cole (biographer of William Joyce) and Hermann Rasche (giving advice on German context). Including also an excerpt from [memoirs/ wartime memories project], describing London on the outbreak of the second World War from the eyes of a Jewish child, beginning "our hearts were heavy ... walking down Old Montague Street". [This was likely also used for That Man, Bracken, which preceded the stage play.]

Date:26 April 1985 (mostly undated) Extent:7 items

P103/133 Scope and Content:

File of typescript and handwritten draft fragments by Thomas Kilroy for both parts of his play Double cross, with extensive dialogue. Also including (in a refill pad) a scheme for the play, breaking it into eight scenes for each of the two parts.

Date:undated Extent:13 items

P103/135 Scope and Content:

Typescript "early draft" of the first part of Thomas Kilroy's play Double cross, missing some pages at the end. A few handwritten corrections and commentary. [Paginated 1-50.]

Date:undated Extent:50 pp

P103/135 Scope and Content:

Part of a typescript draft by [Thomas Kilroy for his play Double cross]; some of it cut and pasted from another copy; lacking the first 11 pages; with handwritten corrections, insertions, and excisions. [Paginated 12-65.]

Date:undated Extent:53 pp

P103/136 Scope and Content:

Fragments "Second rough draft" by [Thomas Kilroy for his play Double cross], parts are entitled "The Bracken Play: London" and "The Joyce Play: Berlin". Containing most of part one (57 pp), except pages 11 to 29; three variant beginnings of part two, and the bulk of part two (43 pp), except pages 1 to 3.

Date:undated Extent:5 items

P103/137 Scope and Content:

"Third rough draft" (typescript with handwritten corrections) by Thomas Kilroy for the first part of his play Double cross; containing the complete first part, paginated 1 to 67.

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/138 Scope and Content:

File of later typescript draft fragments by [Thomas Kilroy for his play Double cross]; the most extensive fragment is that of the first part ("The Bracken Play: London"), 28 pp; the two fragments of part two overlap and are from different drafts.

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/139 Scope and Content:

File of draft fragments by Thomas Kilroy for his play Double cross of unknown chronology; some are typescript and were used for cutting and pasting into other drafts.

Date:undated Extent:16 pp

P103/140 Scope and Content:

Typescript later draft by Thomas Kilroy for his play Double cross, split into the "Bracken Play" and the "Joyce Play", with a few handwritten corrections. [The first part misses a few pages at the end: paginated 1-44; 1-70.]

Date:undated Extent:117 pp

P103/141 Scope and Content:

Typescript copy of Thomas Kilroy's play Double cross, in two parts. Including front matter listing the cast for the first performance by the Field Day Company. [Paginated 1-72; 1-70.]

Date:post-1986 Extent:142 pp

2.6.2 Correspondence

P103/142 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various people interested in his play Double Cross, including theatre managers, individuals interested in translating the text (Hungarian, Italian). Including letter from Elmer Andrews about a plan to include the play in the Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Drama (30 December 1987) - with draft reply; decision by Channel Four Television that the play would not suit them (26 October 1990); allusions to a performance at the Washington D.C. 1992-European Play Festival, and to possible publication in German [1995].

Date:15 March 1986 - 28 November 1994 (and undated) Extent:10 items

2.6.3 Stage productions

P103/143
See Also

P103/ 423

Scope and Content:

File of records from the Field Day Theatre Company's production of Thomas Kilroy's play Double Cross, starting with a performance in Derry (11 February 1986), then touring Ireland with a run at The Gate Theatre, followed by a run at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Directed by Jim Sheridan; starring Stephen Rea, Kate O'Toole, Richard Howard. Containing correspondence (with Margaret Ramsay Ltd, Field Day, members of the public); printed programmes and promotional material; newspaper reviews including a copy of Theatre Ireland (May/August 1988) with an article about the play by Gerard Dawe. Including legal correspondence with Ramsay (and memorandum o fagreement, 28 May 1985), correspondence from biographer Charles Lysaght, Jim Sheridan, from Séamus Deane (fragment letter); article in magazine Play and Players (March 1986). Also including correspondence from late 1992/ early 1993 between Kilroy's agents, the BBC World Service, and a member of the viewing public, suggesting that the play was produced by the BBC and broadcast in 1992, with [Stephen Rea].

Date:28 May 1985 - May 1988 (1992-1993) Extent:111 items

P103/144 Scope and Content:

File of records from the Boston Shakespeare Company and New Voices production of Thomas Kilroy's play Double Cross, running 3-26 April 1987, during the Northern Irish Theatre Festival. Directed by Derek Campbell, starring Richard McElvain, Carol Moss, Jonathan Epstein. Including correspondence with Kilroy's literary agents; programmes of the play and of the festival; press cuttings with reviews of the production.

Date:February - April 1987 Extent:14 items

P103/145 Scope and Content:

Printed programme from the Famous Blue Raincoats production of Thomas Kilroy's Double Cross, on tour from 12 March (Ballybofey) to 11 May (Galway). Directed by Niall Henry; starring Des Braiden, Fionuala Gallagher, John Carty.

Date:12 March - 11 May 1991 Extent:16 pp

P103/146 Scope and Content:

File of records from the Impact Theatre Company production of Thomas Kilroy's play Double Cross, on tour from 15 February (Kilmallock) to [ ] 2001 (Cork). Directed by Patrick Burke, starring Darren Maher, Jo Joardan, Robin Lee. Comprising programme, flier, press release.

Date:21-25 August 2001 Extent:4 items

2.6.4 Publications and translations

P103/147 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the publication of Thomas Kilroy's play Double Cross by Faber and Faber, London, in 1986. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy, his literary agents, and Faber; two copies of proofs; press reviews (e.g. Irish Literary Supplement, 1987).

Date:10 February 1986- May 1991 Extent:13 items

P103/148 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the publication of Thomas Kilroy's play Double Cross by The Gallery Press, Oldcastle, County Meath, in 1994. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy, his literary agents, and The Gallery Press (Peter Fallon); press cutting (review Books Ireland 1996).

Date:March 1994 - December 2000 Extent:13 items

P103/149 Scope and Content:

Printed translation (250 pp) of Double Cross as the basis of an academic thesis by Laura Angelini, entitled Double Cross- un Dramma di Thomas Kilroy, presented to the Universitá degli Studi di Roma (La Sapienza) in fulfilment of a laurea in lingue e letteratura. Enclosing author's address from original postage packet.

Date:1991 Extent:2 items

P103/150 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, London, and Gregory Partrick, Lyon, France, enclosing a translation of Kilroy's play Double cross (Double jeu), forming the basis of an academic thesis for obtaining a master's degree at the Université Lumi ère, Lyon. Partrick enquires about sources of certain passages in quotation.

Date:14 February - June 1992 Extent:3 items

P103/151 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding a translation of Thomas Kilroy's play Double cross into French (Double jeu) by Alexandra Poulain, Paris. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy and Poulain, a copy of the translation (November 1994), and further correspondence with Kilroy's literary agents and the French publisher Maison Antoine Vitez whom Kilroy gives permission to publish an excerpt from the play.

Date:20 September 1992- 27 May 1996 Extent:5 items

2.6.5 Collected material

P103/152 Scope and Content:

File of collected articles regarding William Joyce. Comprising article by Thomas Kilroy in Magill magazine ("Ireland's pseudo-Englishman") regarding the new biography of William Joyce by Francis Selwyn; article by Simon Freeman in The Scotsman (8 February 1995) "Why Lord Haw-Haw hanged".

Date:January 1988- February 1995 Extent:2 items

2.7 "Ghosts"

2.7.1 Notes, drafts and scripts

P103/153 Scope and Content:

File of notes and early drafts by Thomas Kilroy for his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. Comprising phototocopies from Ibsen's play with some handwritten comments; extensive notes and drafts for Act 1 (refill pad and loose paper), for Acts 1 and 2 (marked "three copies sent to Phyllis Ryan"); draft letter (back of refill pad). The draft letter (recipient unnamed) sketches Kilroy's plan to adapt the play so that it deals with AIDS; mentions actors such as Norman Rodery and Brenda Fricker; states his preference for Rough Magic, and aversion to the Abbey Theatre because of antagonism with Carolyn Swift. [Drafts pertain to the three-act version - Act 3 is missing.]

Date:undated Extent:4 items

P103/154 Scope and Content:

Typescript and bound "first draft" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts, including the cast list. [This is an early version in three acts, falling into 89, 80, and 64 pages.]

Date:undated Extent:239 pp

P103/155 Scope and Content:

Typescript fragment of reworked first draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts, with few handwritten corrections. Containing part of Act 1. [Paginated 29 - 45.]

Date:undated Extent:16 pp

P103/156 Scope and Content:

Typescript and handwritten Act 2 of a reworked first draft of [Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts], with few handwritten corrections. Now changed to a 2-Act play; containing all of Act 2 and what was formerly Act 3. Beginning of Act 2 changed in tone; closer to printed version. [Mostly paginated, 130 - 235.]

Date:undated Extent:110 pp

P103/157 Scope and Content:

Three typescript fragments of reworked first draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts, with few handwritten amendments. Containing part of Act 1, the end of Act 1, and part of Act 2. [Paginated 21- 68, 98 - 129, 181- 198.]

Date:undated Extent:48 pp

P103/158 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Work on first draft toward a two-act play" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts. Heavily corrected and annotated by hand, with instructions for typist. Age of one of the cast "Mrs.Helen Aylward", formerly given as "late fifties" now not listed [Paginated 1-129.].

Date:undated Extent:133 pp

P103/159 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Work on first draft - two-act version" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts. Bearing many handwritten annotations and corrections (similar to previous draft fragment); folder bears quotation from R.Lowell, 1969: "I lean leavily to the rational, but am devoted to surrealism". Age of one member of cast "Mrs.Helen Aylward", changed from "early sixties" to "late fifties". [Paginated 1-244, with an insert on p.73.]

Date:undated Extent:247 pp

P103/160
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P103/167

Scope and Content:

Typescript draft or rehearsal script of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts, marked "typed by Michael Scott" [director of the first production by the Abbey Theatre]. Very few handwritten corrections. [Paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:83 pp

P103/161 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft or rehearsal script of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts. Also marked "Michael Scott"; a duplicate of the former script, but with a larger number of handwritten corrections, working towards the next draft. Reverse bears handwritten quotation from "Joyce 1900", in Kilroy's hand: "Ghosts, the action of which passes in a common parlour, is of universal import...". [Paginated 1-83.]

Date:undated Extent:84 pp

P103/162
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P103/ 166

Scope and Content:

Typescript draft or rehearsal script of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts. Also marked "typed by Michael Scott", and a shortened version of the former two scripts with his name. With few handwritten annotations in Kilroy's hand, including names of a cast from [a theatre workshop in Macroom in 2001] - among them Mary Curtin, [Dermod] Gallagher, Alf McCarthy. [Same names appear in Brown Penny script; P103/ 166.]

Date:undated Extent:79 pp

P103/163 Scope and Content:

Typescript copy of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts, with a list of the first cast in 1989 and mentioning the revival of the play at Norstar International Theatre Festival, New York, June 1990. Including duplicate page 62 with an erased line. Kilroy's literary agent is listed as Casarotto Ramsay Ltd., London. [Paginated 1-124.]

Date:post-1990 Extent:128 pp

2.7.2 Correspondence

P103/164 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, a number of theatres, and a private person, regarding his adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts. Including regrets from Hampstead Theatre, London, who offer an explanation for their critical distance to the play; regrets from Frank [Pike], Faber and Faber [regarding publication of the play]. Also including a fragmentary letter from "Dermod" [ ] (undated) with detailed criticism of the characters, particularly Fr Manning [possibly connected with [Dermod] Gallagher listed in P103/ 162.]

Date:19 July 1989 - 21 August 1990 Extent:4 items

2.7.3 Stage productions

P103/165
See Also

P103/ 160-162; 549

Scope and Content:

File of records from the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, running 5-[ ] October 1989 (Abbey Theatre), touring three theatres in Ireland 21 May - 2 June 1990, and guesting at the International Theatre Festival at Stonybrook (New York, US) 12-16 June 1990. Directed by Michael Scott; starring Doreen Hepburn, Conor Mullen; David Kelly. Including correspondence with literary agents, with Phyllis Ryan (artistic director of Gemini Productions Ltd), file of letters from director Michael Scott, offering the show to various theatres in the US, also in Kopenhagen and Sydney (Australia); printed programmes and fliers; a file of black and white photographs (254x204cm); press reviews from all venues (c.50 from Irish venues; c.10 from US). Including memorandum of agreement for the commission of Kilroy's adaptation by Phyllis Ryan; appreciative letter following a viewing by Ambassador of Norway Kirsten Ohm; postmortem of US production by director Scott, judging "it was well worth the trip, but I don't know if Americans are able to see the ABBEY other than in kitchen sink drama terms- I fear not". Notably also including a letter from Tom Kilroy (25 February 1988) delineating early plans for the play entitled The Irish Ghosts and his qualms about the current Abbey Theatre with special allusion to Carolyn Swift's attack on him in her book on the Pyke [Theatre]. [The early cooperation with Michael Scott is also apparent from a draft of the play typed by him, from which 2 other drafts developed; P103/ 160-162.]

Date:13 January 1987- 3 July 1990 Extent:89 items

P103/166
See Also

P103/ 162

Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Brown Penny Theatre Company production of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts, running [2002] in [Cork and on tour, including Longford]. Directed by Tim Murphy; starring Ann O'Neill, Gary Murphy, Karl O'Neill. Comprising two typed scripts of the play (one marked for a reading in Macroom, October/November 2001); correspondence from Tim Murphy; printed programme; interview with Kilroy by Michael Ross. Including, in the first script, a handwritten list of cast, as in P103/ 162; a breakdown of the play into 12 scenes. Second script has cuts in the first Act (now without the scenes with "Jacko English"). [First script paginated 1-124 and inserts p.55-59; second script paginated 1-107. ]

Date:[2002] Extent:6 items

2.7.4 Publication

P103/167 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the publication of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts by The Gallery Press (2002). Comprising correspondence with Peter Fallon and others at The Gallery Press, and a review in Books Ireland (April 2003).

Date:December 2001- April 2003 Extent:6 items

2.8 "Dreaming House"
Date:1989-2011 Extent:6 items

P103/168 Scope and Content:

File of research material compiled by Thomas Kilroy that may have informed his play Dreaming House [or the planned adaptation of A Drama in Muslin]. Including photocopy from the Irish Arts Review with an article by Robert Becker "Artists Look at George Moore"; Carra Historical Society's The Moores of Moorehall - A short history (Carnacon [1989]); letter from arts historian Elizabeth R.Gurley, Fribourg with enclosed publications regarding sculptor Renoir and George Moore. [Partly in French]

Date:1989 and undated Extent:11 items

P103/169 Scope and Content:

File of early handwritten notes and draft fragments of Thomas Kilroy's play Dreaming House, centering on the figure of writer George Moore, set in London in the late 1920s. The most extensive draft fragment (22pp) seems to be for the second part of the play.

Date:undated Extent:5 items

P103/170 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's play Dreaming House. Containing both parts, but missing the first 6 pages. Both parts of the play contain excerpts from [George Moore's Hail and Farewell], pasted in. [Paginated 7-24 and 1-26; second part is missing p.25, and has insert p.23A.]

Date:undated Extent:43 pp

P103/171 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's play Dreaming House. Developed from previous draft; containing most of the first part. [Paginated 1-28, missing p.18.]

Date:undated Extent:28 pp

P103/172 Scope and Content:

File of printed documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's involvement with the George Moore Society of which he was director [1990-1995], and particularly the organisation of the George Moore Extravaganza (seminar and festival) in July 1990, when his play Dreaming House was produced by Seven Woods (22 July). Including correspondence with co-organisers, minutes of meetings before and after the event (until November 1990); press releases and programme of events for 1990 and also 1992. Also including acknowledgement by BBC Northern Ireland (receipt of Dreaming House script, 1991) and information brochure for the Moore Society's famine commemoration [1995].

Date:22 July - 1 August 1990 Extent:26 items

P103/173 Scope and Content:

Computer print-out from The Galway Advertiser, regarding the Mephisto Theatre Company production of Thomas Kilroy's play Dreaming House, 4 June 2011 at the National University of Ireland, Galway, directed by Tara McKevitt and starring Seamus O'Donnell, John O'Dowd.

Date:2 June 2011 Extent:1 p

2.9 "The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre")

2.9.1 Notes, drafts and scripts

P103/174 Scope and Content:

Refill pad with handwritten notes and research material from Thomas Kilroy for his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, including a draft monologue for "Madame MacAdam" (later used both in entrance monologue and further on), and dialogue between "Lyle" and "Rabe" about the theatre, and acting. Enclosing press cutting from The Irish Times, with an excerpt from Robert Fisk's In time of war: Ireland, Ulster and the price of neutrality 1939-1945, entitled "Invasion that never came".

Date:1983, and undated Extent:27 pp

P103/175 Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes (from a refill pad) by Thomas Kilroy regarding various issues; partly for his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. Including an early scenario (three scenes) for Part 1, and draft dialogue; other documents such as a draft letter for Dr.Langley (on Field Day business); notes on comedy in Shakespeare.

Date:undated Extent:7 pp

P103/176
See Also

P103/165

Scope and Content:

Refill pad with handwritten notes by Thomas Kilroy for [his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre], regarding Part 2. Sketching scheme of scenes four to six; some draft dialogue including a passage entitled "Rabe's return". Also including two pages of draft article about the creation of Ghosts. [Draft article appeared later in Abbey Theatre programme for Ghosts.]

Date:undated Extent:7 pp

P103/177 Scope and Content:

File of fragment handwritten notes and drafts by Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. Containing a scheme for Part 1; early dialogue; a list of song titles (dated 1928-1938); bibliography of memoirs by members of touring troupes (e.g. Val Vousden's caravan); notes on the purpose of his play (suggesting it deals with neutrality on many levels); synopsis (mentioning that "Rabe" is to be Jewish).

Date:undated Extent:28 items

P103/178 Scope and Content:

Handwritten sketches of dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, some of them eventually not used. Including a scene where "Lyle Jones" is in the costume of Cardinal Inquisitor; scenes concerning "Marie Therese" and "Jo".

Date:undated Extent:5 pp

P103/179 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy for his play The MacAdam Travellers' Road Show [The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre]. Listing cast - the character later called "Bun Bourke" here variously "Mr.Prendergast" and "Mr.Rochford". hand-drawn sketch of stage set-up; rough scheme of scenes for Part 1. Early dialogue for [Part 1]. [Only first part paginated, 1 to 8.]

Date:undated Extent:19 pp

P103/180 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy for his playMadame MacAdam's Travelling Players [The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre], Part 1. Listing the cast - "Rabe" now consistently given that name; "Bun Bourke" rendered "Mr.Prendergast". Handdrawn sketch of stage set-up; rough scheme of 12 scenes with an interval. Closely corresponding to final version. Draft dialogue for Part 1; much used later, but in different order (lacking "Madame MacAdam"'s monologue at the beginning, and ending Part 1 with a scene between "Sergeant" and "Chamberlain" which occurs at the end of scene 1). Also including notes, identifying the "missing child" as a plot device tying the action together as well as symbolising hopes, aspirations. [Paginated only 1 to 35.]

Date:undated Extent:41 pp

P103/181 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, for Part 2. Comprising dialogue for the first part of Scene 4, and beginning of Scene 5, entitled "two girls on bicycles". [Partially paginated 1 - 3.]

Date:undated Extent:5 pp

P103/182 Scope and Content:

Full handwritten "rough draft" by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, with title, list of cast, Parts 1 and 2. Closely corresponding to Part 1 of previous draft, and to the final version; "Mr.Prendergast" now rendered "Bun Bourke". Some dialogue not used later, as for example an elongated scene between "Sergeant" and "Chamberlain" towards the end of Part 2. [Paginated 1-46 and 1 - 31.]

Date:undated Extent:78 pp

P103/183 Scope and Content:

Fragment of typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, Part 1, with handwritten corrections and cuts. Most of this typed version was used to create the subsequent draft of Part 1. [Paginated 18, 20, 33 - 76.]

Date:undated Extent: 47 pp

P103/184 Scope and Content:

Typescript and handwritten draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, Part 1, with title pages. The typescript part derives from a version directly previous to this; handwritten parts substitute the typescript, for instance where the first scene now begins with the two teenage girls (not with the Local Defence Force). [Paginated 1-58.]

Date:undated Extent:62 pp

P103/185 Scope and Content:

Typescript "first draft" by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. This version opens with the two girls, "Marie Therese" and "Jo". [Paginated 1-112.]

Date:undated Extent:112 pp

P103/186 Scope and Content:

Typescript and handwritten "second draft" by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, with title pages. This version opens with Madame MacAdam's monologue, followed by the LDF men (as in the printed version). [Paginated 1-98, with numerous handwritten inserts pasted into the typescript.]

Date:undated Extent:102 pp

P103/187 Scope and Content:

File of three fragments of typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. [They seem to belong to other complete drafts. Paginated 43-54, 52-57, 56-70.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/188 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. This version opens with Madame MacAdam's monologue, followed by the LDF men. Missing the end; last scene is that between "Sergeant" and "Chamberlain".

Date:undated Extent:87 pp

P103/189 Scope and Content:

Reworked copy of typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, marked "early draft only". This copy of the previous draft bears numerous cuts and corrections, and includes handwritten 17 pp of inserts (labelled B, C, D, E, F, X, for designated scenes), including elaborated dialogue between "Madame" and "Lyle Jones" at the race track added onto Scene 6 with "Sergeant" and "Chamberlain".

Date:undated Extent:100 pp

P103/190 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, marked "Early draft - not rehearsal script". Beginning with "Madame"' s monologue, and ending (like all previous drafts) with the two teenagers. Beginning of Scene 2 is missing (the insert of a previous draft was not realised here; neither is the insert with the appearance of "Madame" and "Lyle Jones" on the race track, Scene 5). [Paginated 1-100; missing pp 5, 8, 10-11, 19-20, 25, 29-30, 39, 42, 49, 52, 54, 56, 73, 74, 78, 79.]

Date:October 1990 Extent:81 pp

P103/191 Scope and Content:

Typescript ringbound draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, with the note "text for reading at Court"; also file of loose leaves that complete the draft. This is a duplicate of the preceding draft, with the addition of handwritten corrections as well as notes regarding performance. Also including handwritten insert for the beginning of Scene 2: a scene with "Madame" and "Lyle Jones" that was later incorporated into the play (as printed by Methuen). [Paginated 1-98, including loose leaves which were cut out of the bound draft, without however indicating cuts or otherwise linking up the broken scenes. ]

Date:January 1991 Extent:2 items

P103/192 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, including previously used dialogue between "Madame" and "Lyle Jones", early in Scene 2, and again in Scene 6 (at the race track). Beginning with "Madame"'s monologue. Very few handwritten corrections or cuts. [Paginated 1-113.]

Date:undated Extent:115 pp

P103/193 Scope and Content:

Fragment of typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre; duplicate of previous draft excepting handwritten cuts and corrections. [Paginated 2-69.]

Date:undated Extent:68 pp

P103/194 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, with few handwritten corrections or cuts variant from the previous draft. Near-identical to P103/ 186. With handwritten caption: "starting with Mde.Mac 'what else is there?'" - referring to the monologue at the beginning that is identical to previous draft. [Paginated 2-116.]

Date:undated Extent:115 pp

P103/195 Scope and Content:

Fragment of reworked draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre; based on immediately preceding drafts, with handwritten corrections. [Paginated 19, 29, 102.]

Date:undated Extent:4 pp

P103/196 Scope and Content:

Refill pad with unfinished reworked draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, based on the printed text (Methuen, 1991) and on a typescript draft: parts of both these were combined, and connected with new handwritten dialogue and stage directions. Changing little in Scene 1, then providing alternative dialogue most extensively in Scenes 2, 3 and 4. For instance, changing scene of dredging of the lake (Scene 4) and the following conversation betweene "Madame" and "Jo".

Date:post-1991 Extent:c.40 pp

P103/197 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, based to about two-thirds on the printed text (Methuen, 1991), and for the rest on a typescript draft. Change to "Madame"'s monologue, with a different entry to the monologue, "It is the beginning of Herr Hitler's war...". Introducing a new dialogue between "Rabe" and "Lyle Jones", breaking away from the historical tableau from Emmett's time (Scene 2). (Paginated 1-79, missing pp.55, 58-60.)

Date:undated Extent:76 pp

2.9.2 Correspondence

P103/198 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various agents and theatres regarding his playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. Including correspondence regarding possible publication by Penguin Books, Lilliput Press Ltd, or by Faber and Faber. Notably containing correspondence with Max Stafford-Clark of The Court Theatre, London, who originally commissioned the play, with much detailed comments on characters and plot (see especially Kilroy's letter of late January 1991). Also including correspondence with Dr.Jo Harrop, expert in portable theatres in England; criticism from Christopher Fitz-Simon (Dublin), Jim Nolan (Waterford), and Barbara Hayley (Maynooth); hopes for a rewriting in cooperation with Michael Cottrell (London).

Date:12 January 1990 - 12 October 1995 (and undated) Extent:37 items

2.9.3 Stage productions

P103/199
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P103/ 423, 560

Scope and Content:

File of records from the Field Day Company's production of Thomas Kilroy's The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, first staged in Derry (9 - [ ] September), then touring, and guesting at The Gate Theatre for the Dublin Theatre Festival (14-26 October 1991). Directed by Jim Nolan; starring Helen Ryan, Julian Curry, Tom Radcliffe, Fionnuala Murphy. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy, his literary agents, The Field Day Theatre Company, and others; printed programmes; press reviews. Including a letter of protest signed by thirteen actors, including Helen Ryan, Kevin Flood, Tom Radcliffe, against management decisions and shortcomings that riddled the production, and in particular the decision not to take it to The Royal Court Theatre, London (9 November 1991). Also including an interview with Kilroy by Joseph Woods, Irish Stage and Screen (October/ November 1991); a letter appreciating the play by Peter Fallon, The Gallery Press.

Date:[January] - October/ November 1991 Extent:25 items

P103/200 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Irish Repertory Theatre's production (New York) of Thomas Kilroy's play The Madame MacAdamTravelling Theatre, running 6-[ ] October 1992. Directed by Charlotte Moore; starring Denise DuMaurier, W.B.Brydon, Ciaran O'Reilly, Rosemary Fine. Comprising inserts for the original script, and a final script with new inserts (84pp); correspondence between Kilroy and his literary agents, and with Charlotte Moore; reviews (enclosed with a letter faxed by Moore). Including detailed exchanges with Moore about the perceived weaknesses of the play as it stood and his intentions for the play; negative criticism from his literary agent at Casarotto Ramsay Ltd, Tom Erhardt, who saw the New York production. [22 pp of inserts; script is based on the Methuen edition and includes inserts for pp.36, 42, 73, 78.]

Date:6 August - 20 November 1991 (1995) Extent:11 items

2.9.4 Publication and translation

P103/201 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his literary agents, and Methuen (particularly Mary O'Donoghue), London, regarding the publication of his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, by Methuen (1991). Including proofs, and near-final version of the front material.

Date:March - July 1991 Extent:20 items

P103/202
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P103/ 232

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File relating to the French translation of Thomas Kilroy's play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre by Émile-Jean Dumay (rendered Les théâtreaux se mettent au vert); including correspondence between the translator and the author; typescript translation (79 pp). The translator asks to include changes made for a London production in 1994, and asks advice on expressions, e.g. "lootheramauns", referring to a text other than the Methuen edition. Also including a printed advertisement for two of his comedies in French, published by Septentrion Presses Universitaires. [Cf. another letter from Dumay of June 1995; used for notes for The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde P103/232.]

Date:9 February 1994-9 May 1995 Extent:5 items

2.9.5 Film projects

2.9.5.1 Channel 4

P103/203 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft screenplay entitled Madame MacAdam's Travelling Theatre by Thomas Kilroy (based on his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre), with a description of the setting, list of characters, and in 179 scenes. Beginning with "Jo" having an eye test in a doctor's surgery, ending as in the play, with "Jo" and "Marie Therese". Some handwritten notes on p.97 on the character of "Rabe", and his viewpoint developed over the course of the first day. [Paginated 1-97. According to the boxlist, this text was prepared for Channel 4. - The file originally contained a letter faxed from Kilroy to Declan Donnelan (undated) beginning "I've simply decided to barge ahead...", which does not bear relation to the script.]

Date:undated Extent:100 pp

2.9.5.2 Subotica Entertainment

P103/204 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his agents at Casarotto Company Ltd., prospective director Declan Donnelan, and Channel 4 Film-personnel, including David Aukin, regarding his writing a screenplay based on his playThe Madame MacAdamTravelling Theatre , and its production by Channel 4. Including early discussion with his agents of film rights; some shared considerations of themes, a numbered story outline, a little dialogue of the film, with Declan Donnelan and Nick [ ]. Between June 1997 and February 1998 Channel 4 fail to meet financial commitments to Kilroy for his first draft, and parts of second draft, of the screenplay; outcome unclear on last communication. At one time (undated fax to Declan and Nick) saying "when I start writing I always think of actors...", expressing a preference for Donal McCann for the "Sergeant".

Date:9 October 1996 - 16 February 1998 Extent:24 items

P103/205 Scope and Content:

File of typescript synopses (and many fragments) of a film based on Thomas Kilroy's play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre. One of these includes a numbered outline of the first twenty scenes; others have handwritten amendations by the author. Also including 7 pp of handwritten notes; not clear whether they belong to the same stage in the process - one is entitled "second outline for Subotica". [The most extensive of these numbers 11 pp; most are marked with a copyright symbol and dated to 2002.]

Date:2002 Extent:17 items

P103/206 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft screenplay (ringbound) by Thomas Kilroy entitled Madame MacAdam's Travelling Theatre, based on his play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre, with a description of the setting, list of characters, and in 225 scenes. Beginning with "Jo"'s face, and "Slipper" releasing a greyhound, ending with "Jo" and "Marie Therese". [Paginated 1-133, and with the address of his agents, Casarotto Ramsay and Associates. According to the boxlist, this was an early draft for Subotica.)

Date:undated Extent:135 pp

P103/207 Scope and Content:

First part of typescript working draft of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay Madame MacAdam's Travelling Theatre, in the beginning closely resembling the preceding draft. Containing 176 scenes, missing the end. [Paginated 1-106.]

Date:undated Extent:107 pp

P103/208 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft screenplay by Thomas Kilroy, (untitled) [based on the playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre ], in 207 scenes. Beginning with "Slipper" releasing a greyhound into an empty, beautiful landscape, then "Jo" cycling nearby; ending with "Jo" and "Marie Therese" looking up at a plane. [Paginated 1-99.]

Date:undated Extent:99 pp

P103/209 Scope and Content:

Part of typescript draft screenplay by Thomas Kilroy (untitled) [based on the play The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre ], with the scenes 82 to 207 (very near the end). (Marked "old"; by the type and layout it is related to preceding draft. Paginated 35-87.]

Date:undated Extent:54 pp

P103/210 Scope and Content:

Part of typescript draft screenplay by Thomas Kilroy (untitled) [based on the playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre ], with the scenes 1 to 113 (breaks off at a scene with the theatre troupe.). [Marked "new" - by the type and layout it is related to preceding drafts. Paginated 1-53.]

Date:undated Extent:53 pp

P103/211 Scope and Content:

Part of typescript draft screenplay by Thomas Kilroy (untitled) [based on the playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre ], with the scenes 1 to 119 (breaks off at a scene with "Rabe" and "Madame".). [By the type and layout it is related to preceding drafts. Paginated 1-61.]

Date:undated Extent:61 pp

P103/212 Scope and Content:

Part of typescript draft screenplay by Thomas Kilroy (untitled) [based on the playThe Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre ], with the scenes 1 to 116 (breaks off at a scene with "Rabe" and "Madame".). (By the type and layout it is related to preceding drafts. Paginated 1-116, but lacking p.18 and 33-64.)

Date:undated Extent:86 pp

P103/213 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various people of Subotica Entertainment, including Dominic Wright, Tristan Lynch, John Lynch (prospective director), Cathal Black, and his literary agents Casarotto and Ramsay Ltd, regarding his screenplay based on The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre , and the planned production of the film. Including detailed notes from both sides on the themes and plot of the film, on characters, some dialogue; draft summaries of the film. Including a schedule for filming (up to pre-production in August 2000); also a list from Hubbard Casting (13 April 2000), listing prominent actors for consideration, including Maggie Smith, Jon Rhys-Myers, Susan Lynch, Brendan Gleeson. The last communication from John Lynch shows the creative process was underway; no indication why project was stalled.

Date:13 August 1999- 30 May 2002 (and undated) Extent:29 items

2.10 Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author"

2.10.1 Translation, drafts and scripts

P103/214 Scope and Content:

Typescript translations by [ ] of [Luigi Pirandello's play Six Characters in Search of an Author], and of his preface, beginning "A very smart little servant, not inexperienced, has been serving my art...". With handwritten markings and comments by Thomas Kilroy; indicating cuts of characters, and cuts of text. Including second fragment copy of preface. Enclosing letter and reply, Clare Hayes Brady, Booterstown, to Kilroy; she had borrowed the translation (May 2007). [Paginated 1-13 and 1-82. Translator not named. Boxlist calls this a "literal translation ... commissioned by Abbey Theatre".]

Date:undated (and 2007) Extent:3 items

P103/215 Scope and Content:

Handwritten (34 pp) draft by [Thomas Kilroy for his adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author]. Sketching various scenes of the first Act. Enclosing copied pages from an English translation of Pirandello's original play (p.16, 83).

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/216 Scope and Content:

Typescript early draft by Thomas Kilroy, for his adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author; missing list of characters and first page, and stopping short of the end by a few pages (p.70 of Gallery Press edition). Early version of the beginning. (Listing the literary agent, Casarotto Ramsay Ltd., London.) [Paginated 2-79.]

Date:undated Extent:79 pp

P103/217 Scope and Content:

Typescript first half of early draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author; with handwritten corrections, and including the mise-en-scène. Breaks off in the middle of Act 2. [Marked on folder as having the new "established 'Pirandello' opening" - actors discussing Pirandello's work. ]

Date:undated Extent:55 pp

2.10.2 Stage productions

P103/218 Scope and Content:

File of documents related to the Abbey Theatre rehearsals of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. Including handwritten drafts and notes [inserts for the script]; the rehearsal script (98 pp and a copy); correspondence of Kilroy with director John Crowley including rewrites; lists of actors (auditioning and accepted).

Date:undated Extent:6 items

P103/219
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P103/ 549

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File of records regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, running from (25-30 April) 1 May - 1 June 1996. Directed by John Crowley; starring Barbara Brennan, Susan Fitzgerald, Olwen Foure, Brian McGrath among others. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy and his literary agents, Crowley and others at The Abbey Theatre, and members of the viewing public; printed fliers; press reviews. Including letter from Patrick Mason first suggesting the adaptation (8 August 1995). With some detailed discussion of the play by director Crowley. Also including appreciative letters from Constance [Short], Dundalk (County Louth), [Christopher Murray], University College Dublin. Kilroy expresses his excitement over the commissioned play from the Abbey in a letter to Martin Fahy - "as it would allow me to pursue theatrical ideas close to my own work" (October 1995) .

Date:[summer] 1995 - October [1997] Extent:39 items

2.10.3 Post-production scripts and publication

P103/220 Scope and Content:

Typed "post-production script" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, including title, list of characters and details about the first production in 1996. Otherwise identical to rehearsal script. [Paginated 1-95. The post-production scripts list his agent as Alan Brodie Representation, London.]

Date:undated Extent:98 pp

P103/221 Scope and Content:

Typed "post-production script A" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author; complete text. Differing from previous script from p.17 onwards. [Paginated 1-81.]

Date:undated Extent:84 pp

P103/222 Scope and Content:

Typed "post-production script B" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, without the front matter. Identical to directly preceding script up until p.50, then introducing changes. [Paginated 1-97.]

Date:undated Extent:97 pp

P103/223 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and his literary agents, and (mostly) Peter [Fallon], The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath, regarding the publication of his Pirandello adaptation Six Characters in Search of an Author (in one volume with Henry, entitled Pirandellos). Including proofs for the play (paginated 11-77); also a private letter from Fallon expressing his admiration on having seen the Abbey Theatre production (2 May 1996).

Date:2 May 1996 - 7 January 2008 Extent:11 items

2.11 "The secret fall of Constance Wilde"

2.11.1 Research material, notes, drafts and scripts

P103/224 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes and copies of printed works, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Comprising primary source-material regarding Oscar and Constance Wilde, including copies from editions of their letters.

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/225
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P103/248

Scope and Content:

File of copies and excerpts from published items with secondary source material on Oscar Wilde, and literary material inspired by him, collected by Thomas Kilroy in preparation of his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. Including script for Ráidió Teilifis Éireann documentary by Richard Ellman Oscar Wilde -Spendthrift or Genius [1988], copy of Irish Studies Review (no.11, 1995); essay by Ronald Schuchard. Also including three satirical plays by Charles Brookfield and J.M.Glover.

Date:[1988]-1995 Extent:7 items

P103/226 Scope and Content:

File of extensive copies from [Anne Clark Amor] Mrs Oscar Wilde [1988], collected by Thomas Kilroy in preparation of his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. Containing large parts of chapters 1, 6, 14-18.

Date:undated Extent:c.65 pp

P103/227 Scope and Content:

Writing pad with handwritten notes and draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, entitled "Dorian G." Containing draft dialogue as well as notes linking classical authors and ideas to the play (and notes from a visit to the British Museum). Characters of dialogue include "The Elder Wilde", "Lord Henry", "Dorian", "Duchess". One programmatic note says "I want to write a Faustian play about Wilde with Douglas as a capricious Helen..."

Date:undated Extent:17 pp

P103/228
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P103/ 549

Scope and Content:

Writing pad (35 pp) with handwritten notes and draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, entitled "Constance". With some links to previous notes on Dorian Gray, stating on the first page "What is the connection between Dorian Gray and Oscar's unwillingness to escape?" Including also some historical notes, such as reference to Carson's speech [at the trial]; some draft dialogue, segments of which occur in the printed play (The Gallery Press, 1997). Enclosing some loose notes of various provenance with the first page of an essay about the "drama of ideas".

Date:undated Extent:11 items

P103/229 Scope and Content:

Fragment of handwritten notes by [Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde], missing the first part [pages taken out]. Beginning with the character of "C[onstance]": "The other thing people asking me is: you saw him in prison...?" [now in Part Two]; further notes on Constance's own journey, and extensive dialogue. Much of it appears in printed version, but also including a monologue by "W[ilde]", describing his circumstances in prison.

Date:undated Extent:c.30 pp

P103/230 Scope and Content:

Writing pad with handwritten draft dialogue by [Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde], beginning with "Wilde" and puppets representing his two sons [not eventually in the printed play], and some dialogue by "Cyril". Further extensive dialogue [much eventually used in both parts of the printed version].

Date:undated Extent:32 pp

P103/231 Scope and Content:

Notebook with handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, beginning with stage directions and dialogue - all seemingly pertaining to Part Two of the printed version. With a quotation by Ottó Orbán, "One can only be a poet on paper".

Date:undated Extent:c.45 pp

P103/232
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P103/ 202

Scope and Content:

Writing pad (c. 60 pp) with handwritten draft dialogue by [Thomas Kilroy] for a play entitled Wife to Mr.Wilde [The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde]. Enclosing some notes with separate dialogue; on reverse of a letter from Emile J.Dumay, 14 June 1995, about the translation of Madame MacAdam's Travelling Theatre. Cover bears handwritten quotations from T.S.Eliot and from W.B.Yeats, defining a "pose".

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/233 Scope and Content:

Fragments of early typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play [The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde]; with the beginning of Part One, and of Part Two. Drama begins in a partitioned space, with the elder "Wilde" in front of a Parisian cafe; enclosing a handwritten insert with a story "once upon a time" which was retained in subsequent drafts of Part One. (Paginated 1-13 and 53-64.)

Date:undated Extent:23 pp

P103/234 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play Wife to Mr.Wilde [The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde]; incomplete, with some handwritten corrections; with title page and list of characters (three main characters, and one actor doubling in two parts). Missing end of Part Two. Beginning of Part Two marked "Draft for Submission" and in different type [possibly from two different drafts]. [Paginated 1-84, missing 50-52.]

Date:undated Extent:83 pp

P103/235 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of the beginning of his play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde; close to preceding draft, but with varying handwritten corrections. [Paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:13 pp

P103/236 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft (ringbound) by Thomas Kilroy of his play Wife to Mr.Wilde [The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde]; with further handwritten corrections. Missing last 12 pages. (Paginated 1-86. Marked "first draft", but internal evidence shows at least one other preceded it.)

Date:November 1995 Extent:76 pp

P103/237 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde; lacking front matter and the end of Part One; with extensive handwritten corrections and deletions. Beginning in a space defined by the great white disk deployed in all subsequent drafts; "Oscar" and "Constance" are led there by attendants. (Paginated 1-103, missing 38-61; marked by hand "early: Secret Fall".)

Date:undated Extent:80 pp

P103/238
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P103/ 240

Scope and Content:

Typescript "revised early" draft by Thomas Kilroy of his playThe Secret Fall of Constance Wilde; with title page and list of characters (three main characters and six attendants with puppets). Listing literary agent as Casarotto Ramsay Ltd; with duplicate (ringbound). [Paginated 1-103. It can be dated by the letter from Judy [Friel], contained in the file from The Abbey Theatre production.]

Date:undated [December 1996] Extent:2 items

2.11.2 Correspondence

P103/239 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his literary agents Casarotto Ramsay Ltd, regarding his play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde. With early feedback on the play (then entitled Wife to Mr.Wilde); management of rights for performances of the play, and for publication by Gallery Press. Also including a letter from The Royal National Theatre, London, regretting there is no opening for Wife to Mr.Wilde with them.

Date:January 1996 -September 2000 Extent:8 items

2.11.3 Stage productions

P103/240
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P103/ 549

Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, first running during the Dublin Theatre Festival 3 - 18 October 1997, (for revivals in Melbourne and London, see below). Directed by Patrick Mason; starring Jane Brennan, Robert O'Mahoney, Andrew Scott. Comprising a rehearsal script (paginated 1-100 with handwritten annotations); correspondence between Kilroy, Judy Friel and Patrick Mason at The Abbey Theatre, the viewing public, and theatre manager Michael Cottrell; printed programmes from the Dublin and London shows; press reviews. Among private letters appreciating the play are items from Gay Byrne (RTE), Jim Barnett (Missouri), James [Mays] (Wicklow), Caroline Walsh (Irish Times), Nicholas Grene (TCD), Riona Dwyer (UCG), Bob Quinn (Béal an Daingin), Michael Garvey (Dublin). Also containing contemporary text entitled "The case of Warder Martin: some cruelties of prison life" (1897) sent by The Abbey Theatre; detailed criticism from Chris [ ], Abbey Theatre (5 December 1995); a letter from Merlin [Holland] (17 September 1997). One commentator offers that "the ceremony of redemption that you imagined had its eyes firmly set on the beautiful mess of the real world..." (unsigned, Rome, 20 October 1997).

Date:April 1997- October 2000 (and undated) Extent:54 items

P103/241 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde revived for The Melbourne Festival (Australia) 28 October- 1 November 1998. As in the original production, directed by Patrick Mason; starring Jane Brennan, Robert O'Mahoney, Andrew Scott. Comprising correspondence with the Abbey Theatre; press reviews; a "final script" (paginated 1-77).

Date:12 May - 4 December 1998 Extent:8 items

P103/242 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, revived for The Barbican International Theatre Event (London, UK), running 27 September - 7 October 2000. As in the original production, directed by Patrick Mason; starring Jane Brennan, Robert O'Mahoney, Andrew Scott. Comprising a script (paginated 1-69, missing last pages); correspondence with the Abbey Theatre, and a member of the audience; programmes; press reviews.

Date:14 January - 30 November 2000 Extent:11 items

P103/243 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Celtic Arts Centre (Studio City, California) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, running 6 April - 12 May 2002. Directed by Peter Wittrock; starring Karen Ryan, Craig Adrich, Christopher Michaels. Comprising correspondence from Peter Wittrock, press release and flier, press reviews.

Date:November 2001- April 2002 Extent:4 items

P103/244 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, US) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, running 31 May - 11 July. Directed by Marcela Lorca; starring Sarah Agnew, Matthew Greer, Brandon Weinbrenner. Comprising collected material that informed the revised script; the rehearsal script (paginated 67 pp, with administrational detail for the rehearsals); correspondence with Marcela Lorca and ; photocopied material [that informed the rehearsals]; printed programmes and promotion material; press reviews. The collected material includes photocopied excerpts from texts by Frank Harris, Lord Alfred Douglas, and from Oscar Wilde's letters.

Date:1 March -13 May 2008 Extent:35 items

2.11.4 Publication, Essay

P103/245 Scope and Content:

File of documents concerning the publication of Thomas Kilroy's play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde by The Gallery Press (1997). Including correspondence with Peter Fallon and others at The Gallery Press; set of proofs (paginated 5-69 with heavy handwritten corrections by the author); review by Anthony Roche in The Irish Literary Supplement (Spring 1998); royalty receipts. Including first positive feedback from Fallon (15 February 1996) on reading the play, seeing it as a companion piece to Talbot's Box "with a parallel sense of martyrdom, ritual and sacrifice".

Date:15 February 1996 - 4 March 2004 Extent:14 items

P103/246 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and editor Annette Roche Wenda (for Judy Friel), and The Abbey Theatre, regarding the publication of his play The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde as part of New Plays from the Abbey Theatre vol.2 1996-1998 (2001). Originally enclosing texts that pose difficulty to editor. Containing invitation for the launch of the finished book, 30 November 2001, Abbey Bar.

Date:December 2000- November 2001 Extent:2 items

P103/247 Scope and Content:

Typescript essay (8 pp) by Thomas Kilroy entitled "The Wildean Triangle" and marked as a Thomas Davis Lecture; with a copy. It describes the creative process of writing The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, from it being commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, its first realisation as an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, to Kilroy's reading which informed the eventual play. [This was printed for sending by telefax to Seamus Hosey. An essay of this title was published in a German anthology in 2001.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

2.12 "My Scandalous Life"

2.12.1 Two-act Play

2.12.1.1 Notes, drafts

P103/248
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P103/ 225

Scope and Content:

Writing pad mostly with handwritten notes and draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy, in preparation of a play with the working title My Life Has Had Its Moments [My Scandalous Life.]. Including a chronology of Douglas's life, a typescript précis of the play with a plan for two parts; sketching dialogue for the first part, between "Douglas" and a BBC radio speaker, and sketching monologue for the second part, set in Hove in 1944.

Date:undated Extent:c.90 pp

P103/249 Scope and Content:

File of notes and drafts by Thomas Kilroy in preparation of his play My Scandalous Life, mostly handwritten. With an extensive draft of monologue, developed from preceding draft. Also including cutting fromThe Times with an obituary for Sheila Colman, friend and literary executrix for Lord Alfred Douglas (23 November 2001).

Date:undated and 2001 Extent:6 items

P103/250 Scope and Content:

File of typescript drafts of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life, entitled "early typescript" and "revised early typescript of 2 Act version". Beginning, as in previous notes, with Alfred Douglas being interviewed by the BBC. [Paginated 1-21; 1-22.]

Date:undated Extent:22 pp

P103/251 Scope and Content:

File of four typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy for the second part of his play [My Scandalous Life]. All with extensive handwritten commentary and corrections. All begin with "Douglas"'s intoning Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". [Two are paginated, 1-13 and 1-21.]

Date:undated Extent:4 items

P103/252 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play My Scandalous Life in the two-act version. Entitled "Revised working typescript draft of 2 Act Version". With handwritten excisions and corrections in both acts; changes were taken over from Act 2 in the preceding draft. [Paginated 1-43. The next draft is near-identical and dated.]

Date:[June 2000] Extent:44 pp

P103/253 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of the first Act of his play My Scandalous Life . Entitled "Rough Draft June 2000". Near-identical to first Act of preceding draft, but without handwritten corrections (and different spacing resulting in different page count). Listing literary agent as Casarotto Ramsay and Associates. [Paginated 1-20.]

Date:June 2000 Extent:22 pp

P103/254 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of the second Act of his play My Scandalous Life , missing first eight pages. Near-identical to second Act of preceding draft P103/ 352, but mostly without handwritten corrections (and different spacing resulting in different page count). Running from a point when he recalls Oscar Wilde telling him of Christ appearing to him in the prison cell (c.p.29 of Gallery Press version), to end of that Act. [Paginated 9-21.]

Date:undated Extent:12 pp

2.12.1.2 Rehearsed reading

P103/255 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the rehearsed reading of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life (two acts), on the Peacock stage (Abbey Theatre), Dublin, on 3 December 2000. Commissioned by Trinity College, Dublin, for their Oscar Wilde Centre, and a conference held there. Directed by [David Parnell]; starring [Mark Lambert]. Comprising a script for the reading; correspondence with Ben Barnes, Abbey Theatre, literary agent Tom Erhardt, director Max Stafford-Clarke, actor Simon Callow, academics Nicholas Grene and Gerard Dawe, who comment on the script. Including a statement by Kilroy that lists director and actor (undated), and calls this a "companion piece" to his play about Constance Wilde, stating that "like it, it is an exploration of family privacies behind the very public Wilde story". Also including a letter from Kilroy to Ben Barnes, stating "I feel its full life, if it ever has one, will be across the water" (26 September 2000). [The script is paginated 1-43.]

Date:30 August 1999 - 3 December 2000 Extent:16 items

2.12.2 One-act Play

2.12.2.1 Notes, drafts

P103/256 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Draft A" of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life, in the one-act version, with handwritten corrections and annotations. Bearing note "plus Eileen". [Paginated 1-39.]

Date:October 2010 Extent:39 pp

P103/257 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft (44 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life, in the one-act version, with handwritten corrections and annotations. Enclosing two inserts (typescript and handwritten), one of which is referenced in the copy as Insert A; the other is attached at the end. [Paginated 1-43. Apart from corrections and inserts, seemingly identical with preceding draft.]

Date:[2010] Extent:2 items

P103/258 Scope and Content:

File of typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of his play My Scandalous Life in the one-act version. First draft is complete, entitled "First Draft towards finished one-man play", with some handwritten markings (excisions). Second draft is a fragment of a corrected version, also with handwritten corrections. Both beginning with "Douglas" intoning Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". [Paginated 1-28 and 1-8.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/259 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft (27 pp) by Thomas Kilroy of his play My Scandalous Life in the one-act version. Entitled "Final draft April 2003", with handwritten corrections. Enclosing brief handwritten notes, including the sentence "Douglas begins by blaming Custance and Ross, then comes to accept Raymond as his own". [Paginated 1-27.]

Date:March-April 2003 Extent:2 items

P103/260 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play My Scandalous Life in the one-act version. Reworked from the directly preceding draft (changes made); some added handwritten notes. Listing literary agent as Alan Brodie Representation. [Paginated 1-27.]

Date:undated Extent:29 pp

P103/261 Scope and Content:

Typescript bound copy of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life - a one-man play, in the one-act version. Reworked from the directly preceding draft (changes made); listing literary agents as Alan Brodie Representation. [Paginated 1-27.]

Date:undated Extent:29 pp

P103/262 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Draft B" of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life, in the one-act version. With added comment "with Eileen rewrites". [Paginated 1-30. Note on original folder marked this as a version improved for the Irish Repertory Theatre production, 2011.]

Date:[2010] Extent:38 pp

P103/263 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Draft B" of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life, in the one-act version, with added comment "without Eileen disclosures". [Paginated 1-30. Note on original folder marked this as a version improved for the Irish Repertory Theatre production, 2011.]

Date:[2010] Extent:30 pp

2.12.2.2 Correspondence

P103/264 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence with theatre practitioners, regarding Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life [one-act version]. Including letters from actors Michael York, Fiona Shaw, Patrick Mason (Abbey Theatre), and administrators at The Gate Theatre (Dublin) and Hampstead Theatre (London). Offering commentary on his script; expressing interest in collaborating (Michael York, Gate Theatre). Patrick Mason offers constructive criticism, and suggests finding a well-known actor for "Bosie" (30 September 2004).

Date:11 June 2001 - 4 February 2005 Extent:6 items

2.12.2.3 Production

P103/265 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Irish Repertory Theatre (New York) production of Thomas Kilroy's play My Scandalous Life, running 2 February - 6 March 2011. Directed by Jack Going; starring Des Keogh and Fiana Toibin. Comprising one item of correspondence with the director; rehearsal schedule; programme and fliers; correspondence from director and members of the cast and audience; dossier of internet print-outs of online reviews of the production.

Date:(November 2010) 6 - 15 February 2011 Extent:11 items

2.12.2.4 Publication

P103/266 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Peter Fallon [The Gallery Press, County Meath], to Thomas Kilroy. Originally enclosing the text of My Scandalous Life; asking for commentary, and asking about a cover image based on a piece by John Behan.

Date:17 November 2004 Extent:1 p

2.13 "The shape of metal"

2.13.1 Notes, drafts and scripts

P103/267 Scope and Content:

File of research material compiled by Thomas Kilroy in preparation of his play The Shape of Metal. Including photocopies from a book interviewing a modern sculptor about Rodin and Michelangelo; a profile of the novelist Molly Keane [The New Yorker]; obituary of British skiffle singer Lonnie Donegan; letters from [psychologist] Anthony W.Clare, MD, St.Patrick's Hospital, on Kilroy's portrayal of "Grace"'s mental illness.

Date:undated and 2003 Extent:5 items

P103/268 Scope and Content:

Writing pad with handwritten research notes by Thomas Kilroy, quoting from unnamed texts about the sculptor Giacommetti, and particular works by him, such as Woman with Chariot. (1942).

Date:undated Extent:3 pp

P103/269 Scope and Content:

Writing pad (c.21 pp) and some loose pages with handwritten notes and early drafts by Thomas Kilroy for his play The Shape of Metal. Including lists of the three characters (working towards their respective ages); further notes on Giacommetti; attempt at an outline (in four points); otherwise extensive draft dialogue between "Nell" and "Judith" (a distinct part is paginated 1-5). Also including a page entitled "Ja[me]s Joyce in Love" with the line "he thinks he falls in love with the daughter until he meets the mother".

Date:undated Extent:5 items

P103/270 Scope and Content:

Writing pad with handwritten notes by Thomas Kilroy entitled "Notes towards Shape of Metal, 2002". With notes outlining scenes, and draft dialogue. Beginning with the lines "And another thing. To the day I die I'll never understand why she hates me."

Date:2002 Extent:c.30 pp

P103/271 Scope and Content:

File with two early typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of the opening of his play The Shape of Metal, with many handwritten corrections and insertions. Author's handwriting denotes first as "Act I". Also including typescript notes on the flashback scene of 1972, with handwritten "to-do" list on the reverse, regarding the play. [Paginated 1-16 and 2-25.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/272 Scope and Content:

Early typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of the opening of his play The Shape of Metal, missing first page but including title page and list of characters, with some handwritten corrections. Listing literary agents as Alan Brodie Representation, London. [Paginated 2-11.]

Date:undated Extent:12 pp

P103/273 Scope and Content:

File of typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of Act 1 of his play The Shape of Metal, with some handwritten corrections. The first two are marked by hand, "before F/B scene". [Paginated 1-23, 1-26, and 17-43 respectively.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/274 Scope and Content:

File of typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of Act 2 of his play The Shape of Metal., with some handwritten corrections. [Paginated 45-68, 45-74, and 44-53 respectively.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/275 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Shape of Metal. in two acts, with title page, list of characters, and some handwritten corrections. Marked by hand "with notes for Lynne Parker" [director Abbey Theatre]. [Paginated 1-74.]

Date:February 2003 Extent:77 pp

P103/276 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his play The Shape of Metal, in two acts. With title page and list of characters. Enclosing handwritten notes (1 p) with draft dialogue for ["Nell"], beginning "Wherever you are now, Grace, will it make any difference to you?" [Paginated 1-76.]

Date:March 2003 Extent:2 items

2.13.2 Correspondence

P103/277 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various theatre companies and producers, and a private person, regarding Thomas Kilroy's play The Shape of Metal. Including letters from the National Theatre, and the Hampstead Theatre, London, commenting on the script; also including letters from Shirley Williams, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, London, having shown the play to Diana Rigg (last 9 February 2004).

Date:27 August 2003- 9 February 204 Extent:7 items

2.13.3 Productions

P103/278
See Also

P103/ 549

Scope and Content:

File of documents relating to the Abbey Theatre production (premier) of Thomas Kilroy's play The Shape of Metal, running during the Dublin Theatre Festival 29 September - 11 October 2003, at the Abbey Theatre. Directed by Lynne Parker, starring Sara Kestelman, Eleanor Methven, Justine Mitchell. Comprising script for a May 2003-reading (with letter and notes); correspondence between Ben Barnes, Abbey Theatre, and the author; between Kilroy and Brian Friel (about the Abbey Theatre's treatment of the play); from admirers including Sara [Kestelman]; rehearsal schedules; programme note by Adrian Frazier; newspaper listings; programmes from the Theatre Festival and the Abbey Theatre; newspaper reviews of the production. [The script is paginated 1-76, missing p.46.]

Date:December 2001- October 2003 Extent:33 items

P103/279 Scope and Content:

File of documents relating to the Origin Theatre Company and The Sullivan Project (New York) production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Shape of Metal, running 6 -30 September 2007, at the 59E59 Theatre. Directed by Brian Murry; starring Julia Gibson, Roberta Maxwell, Molly Ward. Including extensive typescript notes (27 pp) with changes for the script; correspondence between members of the Origin Theatre staff and Thomas Kilroy; memorandum of agreement with Origin Theatre Company for the performance; travel arrangements for Thomas Kilroy; newspaper listings for the play; programme.

Date:24 March - 30 September 2007 Extent:16 items

P103/280 Scope and Content:

Printed list of tour dates of the Tryater production of Thomas Kilroy's play The Shape of Metal, running 9 October - 15 December 2007, in various locations in the Netherlands. Directed by Anny van Hoof; starring Aly Bruinsma, Tamara Schoppert, Marijke Geertsma. (Printed from the site www.dan.nl.)

Date:12 October 2007 Extent:2 pp

P103/281 Scope and Content:

Printed agreement for an amateur performance, issued by Thomas Kilroy's literary agents Alan Brodie representation Ltd, London, for a production of Kilroy's play The Shape of Metal by the Friars' Gate Theatre and Arts, Kilmallock, County Limerick, to run from 26 February - 8 March 2009. [No further information about the production.]

Date:[ ] 2009 Extent:2 items

2.13.4 Publication

P103/282 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the publication of Thomas Kilroy's play The Shape of Metal by The Gallery Press (2003). Comprising a duplicate of a "final version" of the script (identical with /292 reading script of May 2003); correspondence between Kilroy and Peter Fallon, Gallery Press; an incomplete set of proofs (with corrections); royalty statement for 2004. [The proofs are paginated 11-58.]

Date:8 August 2003 - December 2004 Extent:5 items

2.14 Pirandello's "Henry"

2.14.1 Notes, drafts and scripts

P103/283 Scope and Content:

File of documents from research by Thomas Kilroy, towards his adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV. Including a review of the Donmar Warehouse production of Pirandello's play; printouts from online sources (msn Encarta, Fordham University's Medieval Source Book) about Emperor Henry IV; fragment from a piece by Daniel Cronin entitled "Directors and Theorists".

Date:14 May - 21 November 2004 Extent:4 items

P103/284 Scope and Content:

Writing pad (c.30 pp) and some loose material with handwritten notes and drafts by Thomas Kilroy towards his adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV. Including some historical notes; outlines of the play and specific acts and scenes; draft of stage directions, .

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/285 Scope and Content:

File of two consecutive early typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of his adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV; with draft dialogue for Act 1; with handwritten corrections and annotations. [Paginated 1-10 and 6-16 respectively.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/286 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Act 1 of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV, with some handwritten corrections and insertions. The Act ends with dialogue between "Thomas", "Margaret" and the "Doctor". [Paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:47 pp

P103/287 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Act 2 of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV, unfinished, with handwritten corrections and annotations. Beginning with various characters congratulating one another on their costumes. [Paginated 49-64.]

Date:undated Extent:16 pp

P103/288 Scope and Content:

First complete typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV , entitled Henry - A Contemporary Play based upon Pirandello's Enrico IV, in two acts, with handwritten corrections and annotations; enclosing handwritten notes (8 pp) on structure and stage. [Play itself is paginated 1-77. Some notes make page reference to an unidentified copy. Literary agent listed as Alan Brodie Representation, London.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/289 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV , entitled Henry - a play (a version of Pirandello's Henry IV), in two acts. With title page, list of characters. Very close to Gallery Press publication. [Paginated 1-78.]

Date:undated Extent:81 pp

P103/290 Scope and Content:

Typescript "second draft" of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV , entitled Henry - a play (inspired by Pirandello's Enrico IV, in two acts, with title page and list of characters, and extensive handwritten corrections and annotations. [Paginated 1-77. Marked by hand, and on the author's list, as a script for a production meeting in Stephen Rea's house, for the PICT production.]

Date:undated Extent:80 pp

P103/291 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV, entitled Henry - a play (inspired by Pirandello's Enrico IV, in two acts. Duplicates of preceding draft, with title page and list of characters; one of them with differing handwritten corrections and annotations. [Paginated 1-77. Identified by author as text used in rehearsals for the PICT production.]

Date:[2004] Extent:2 items

P103/292 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV , entitled Henry - a play (inspired by Pirandello's Enrico IV, in two acts, used for a workshop at the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT); with handwritten corrections. Enclosing typescript rehearsal schedule and handwritten notes (4 pp), one entitled "central relationships", the other containing dialogue for insertion in the play. [The play itself is paginated 1-77. This belongs with the PICT production material.]

Date:October 2005 Extent:2 items

2.14.2 Productions

P103/293 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and other documents regarding the PICT production of Thomas Kilroy's play Henry, running from 31 August to 24 September 2005. Directed by Andrew S.Paul; with Richard McMilan, Ben Hersey, Martin Giles. Including correspondence between the director, the author, and the cast; rehearsal schedule; historical research done for the director; printed programmes and fliers (one advertising Stephen Rea's participation, otherwise replaced by Richard McMillan); press reviews (some focussing on the Equity trade union's case preventing Stephen Rea from performing in the US). The theatre programme includes a piece by Kilroy entitled "Adapting Pirandello". Also including a letter from Chris Luthin originally enclosing draft of an interview with Kilroy; interview by Thierry Dubost with director Paul. [This belongs together with the preceding three items, production and rehearsal scripts.]

Date:9 June - 21 September 2005 Extent:31 items

2.14.3 Publication, other correspondence

P103/294 Scope and Content:

Covering letter signed Stephen Sultan of Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York (US), to Thomas Kilroy, enclosing the acting editions of Henry (after Pirandello); informing him that other copies are forewarded to his agents, Alan Brodie Representation Ltd. Enclosing one copy of the text (43 pp) including front matter; with corrections in Kilroy's hand. Also enclosing texts for [blurb]. [The letter gives the impression that the enclosed were finished items, not proofs. Proofs are paginated 3-43; unclear what pp 1-2 contained.]

Date:10 April 2007 Extent:3 items

P103/295 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from Liz Frankel, Literary Associate at The Public Theater, New York, in thanks for sending them his play Henry (after Pirandello). Praising the play for characters, story, and worthy adaptation, but regretting it does not suit their theatre just now.

Date:2 July 2008 Extent:1 p

2.15 "Christ deliver us!"

2.15.1 Research material, drafts and scripts

P103/296 Scope and Content:

File of photocopies of Edward Bond's and Eric Bentley's respective published translations of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening [Spring's Awakening in Bentley's version], with prefatory material. Used by Thomas Kilroy in writing his play, Christ Deliver Us! Copy of Bond's version misses last few pages of the play, and the rest of the book (with Lulu and other material).

Date:1993-1998 Extent:2 items

P103/297 Scope and Content:

Bound photocopy (141 pp) of an Irish Government (Department of Education and Science) Report regarding the Reformatory and Industrial Schools Systems. Enclosing sheet with bibliographic reference to this and another text. (With some markings that were taken over from the original of this copy.)

Date:1970 Extent:2 items

P103/298 Scope and Content:

File of production material for Gerard Mannix Flynn's "extallation" Not to be Read in Open Court. Including a set of reproductions of personal documents, illustrating the treatment Mannix Flynn received as a child from judicial, medical, and other government authorities (1965-2001).

Date:6 November 2005 Extent:2 items

P103/299
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P103/ 362

Scope and Content:

Refill pad mostly with handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his play Christ Deliver Us! Containing dialogue eventually used in Acts 1 and 2; enclosing one loose page.

Date:undated Extent:16 pp

P103/300 Scope and Content:

Refill pad with handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his play Christ Deliver Us! Including a list of the three acts and respective scenes in Wedekind's original play, and (halfway through the pad) two drafts of headings for the new play. Containing dialogue from both acts. (Cover title "Abbey 1999".)

Date:[1999] Extent:c.70 pp

P103/301 Scope and Content:

File of short handwritten and typescript fragments of notes and drafts by Thomas Kilroy, towards his play Christ Deliver Us! Including a page listing 19 scenes for his play, naming characters and some themes, such as "natural", "casual violence", "knowledge".

Date:undated Extent:10 items

P103/302 Scope and Content:

Fragment of typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!; belonging to Act 1.

Date:undated Extent:8 pp

P103/303 Scope and Content:

Fragment draft of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!, with first part of Act 1.

Date:undated Extent:11 pp

P103/304 Scope and Content:

Draft (31 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!, constituting first half of Act 1. Enclosing a note by Kilroy on the structure of the play: listing events he retains from the Wedekind original; intention to replace the "Masked Man" in the graveyard, but unsure what matching device to use. [Text is identical or near-identical to P103/ 303.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/305 Scope and Content:

Draft of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!, comprising all of Act 1 (paginated). (Handwritten note on the original folder points out that this version still misses the character "Vivie", added later.)

Date:undated Extent:58 pp

P103/306 Scope and Content:

Fragment of typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!, Act 2. Including a list of "remaining scenes". [Paginated 1-70. It is possible that this is referred to in a letter of 11 December 2000; see P103/ 312.]

Date:undated Extent:19 pp

P103/307 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!, Act 2. [Paginated 54-88.]

Date:undated Extent:35 pp

P103/308 Scope and Content:

First entire typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's play Christ Deliver Us! [Paginated. Handwritten note on the original folder points out that this version still misses the character "Vivie", added later.]

Date:undated Extent:67 pp

P103/309 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft ("rough draft") of Thomas Kilroy's play Christ Deliver Us!, with title cover and "projected list of characters". With a few handwritten corrections; ending of Act 2 much revised [Paginated 1-87.]

Date:undated Extent:90 pp

P103/310 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's Christ Deliver Us!, Act 1. First inclusion of the character "Vivie". [Paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:62 pp

2.15.2 Productions (planned and realised)

P103/311 Scope and Content:

File of documents relating to a planned production of Thomas Kilroy's play Christ Deliver Us!, by Classic Stage Ireland. Containing correspondence between CSI artistic director Andy Hinds, Dr Dan Farrelly (advisor on the original German play); printed documentation of CSI's production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; press cuttings discussing the withdrawal of funding by the Arts Council. Correspondence contains commentary on Kilroy's departure from Wedekind's Spring Awakening, and his treatment of teenage sexuality.

Date:31 May 2006-17 January 2007 Extent:9 items

P103/312
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P103/ 549

Scope and Content:

File of documents relating to Thomas Kilroy's first offer of his play Christ Deliver Us! to the Abbey Theatre. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy, his literary agents, Judy Friel and Ben Barnes at the Abbey Theatre; a draft of the first part of the play (32 pp), dating to September 2000. Including Ben Barnes's letter rejecting the play (2 March 2000); Judy Friel calling it an "error of judgement" (undated).

Date:14 October 1998-2 March 2001 (and undated) Extent:10 items

P103/313 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding the Abbey Theatre production of Thomas Kilroy's play Christ Deliver Us!, running 9 February - 14 March 2010. Directed by Wayne Jordan, starring Aoife Duffin, Tom Hickey, Aaron Monaghan. Comprising correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his literary agents (only one item), Ben Barnes and Judy Friel of the Abbey Theatre, with early feedback and discussions of scenes; two scripts of the play (2008 workshop script with notes 101 pp; rehearsals script with schedule and notes 103 pp); full documentation for 2009- auditions ; programmes and fliers from the Abbey production; correspondence from the public, the cast, and friends; press cuttings with reviews of the play. Including a letter from audience member Sylvia Kennedy who contrasts life in the country as depicted in the play, and her upbringing in Dublin (2 March 2010); praise from Judy Friel (10 March [2010]) and others.

Date:14 October 1998 - December 2010 Extent:54 items

2.15.3 Publication

P103/314 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the publication of Thomas Kilroy's play Christ Deliver Us! By The Gallery Press. Containing correspondence with Peter Fallon, Kilroy's agents (with contract); galley proofs (with some handwritten commentary and corrections by Fallon and Kilroy).

Date:15 December 2008 - 26 January 2010 Extent:5 items

3 Literary work 3: radio and television work
Date:1968-2009 Extent:89 items

3.1 Radio plays and documentaries

3.1.1 "The Door" (1968)

P103/321 Scope and Content:

Fragmentary handwritten and typescript notes and draft of [Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Door], with the handwritten pages interspersed in an earlier typescript draft which was repaginated. Beginning is missing. Last words of "James" are "it'll have to do-". [Draft is paginated 13, 20-59.]

Date:undated Extent:42 pp

P103/322 Scope and Content:

Handwritten draft of a radio play by Thomas Kilroy, entitled The Door, with title page and list of characters. A few corrections in a different pen. Last words of "James" are "...nice and tidy and-", as in every following script. [Paginated 1-26.]

Date:undated Extent:54 pp

P103/323 Scope and Content:

Fragments of a further typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Door; also listing three alternative titles (His Grip on my Left Thumb, Say Hello to Johnny, The Day They Took Johnny Away). With title page and list of characters. [Paginated 1-19, 32, 34, 39, 42, 43, 46, 49, 52, 56, 57.]

Date:undated Extent:30 pp

P103/324 Scope and Content:

Typescript of The Door- a radio play by [Thomas Kilroy], as entered into a BBC competition and with entry number 64; with title page and list of characters. With handwritten corrections, excisions, insertions, and also listing five alternative titles (among them are Hello Johnny, Born to It). [Paginated 1-57.]

Date:[1967] Extent:59 pp

P103/325 Scope and Content:

Typescript of The Door- a radio play by Thomas Kilroy; a near- identical copy of the play as entered into the competition, but without later annotations. [Paginated 1-47.]

Date:undated Extent:48 pp

P103/326
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P103/ 57

Scope and Content:

Front matter for a copy of Thomas Kilroy's play The Door- a play for radio, listing his literary agents Margaret Ramsay Ltd., London, and with handwritten address for Fergus Tighe, Fanore. Also listing the 1967-production of the play by the BBC (Northern Ireland), with Cyril Cusack as "James" and Godfrey Quigley as "Michael Antony", and stating that the play was awarded the first prize in the BBC radio play competition.

Date:undated Extent:2 pp

P103/327 Scope and Content:

File of press cuttings regarding Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Door (broadcast in January 1968 as Say Hello to Johnny), with a preview by Augustine Martin, and notices (all undated) about Kilroy receiving the first prize for a BBC play competition.

Date:11 January 1968 Extent:6 items

P103/328 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his literary agents, radio producers in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, regarding his radio play The Door. Regarding rights to repeat the BBC broadcast (1971); rights to broadcast in other countries (e.g. By Belgische Radio en Televisie, Radio Suisse Romande).

Date:October 1967- February 1977 Extent:19 items

3.1.2 "That Man, Bracken (1986)

P103/329
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P103/ 132

Scope and Content:

File of loose, fragmented notes kept by Thomas Kilroy, in preparation of the radio play That man Bracken. Including biographical notes on Bracken and Joyce, general historical points, two schemes of (8, 16) scenes for the play; early sketches of dialogue, including the scene on the rooftop [later fire warden scene].

Date:undated Extent:8 pp

P103/330 Scope and Content:

File of loose draft fragments by Thomas Kilroy [for his radio play That man Bracken]; containing some character sketches, and first trials of dialogue.

Date:undated Extent:9 pp

P103/331 Scope and Content:

Hardbound notebook kept by Thomas Kilroy in preparation for his radio play That man Bracken, as well as loose segments torn out of the book. Containing some historical points, notes on the mise-en-scene, as well as early drafts of scenes. The sections still bound with the book contain two longer drafts of a dinner scene. The loose sections include a beginning of the play, with the narrator's "I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of this..."; another large segment beginning with Bracken's "beyond the Rhine. Out of the woods...". [Loose sections are paginated 1-27; 2-12.]

Date:undated Extent:c.105 pp

P103/332 Scope and Content:

File of early drafts by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play That Man Bracken, with scenes numbered 7 to 9, and entitled "The take-overs", "The right-honourable gentleman", "The dinner-party". With instructions for typist. [Possibly from the same notebook as P103/ 331. First scenes have not survived.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/333 Scope and Content:

Handwritten early draft with typescript annotations by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play That Man Bracken, entitled "Scene one" and beginning "Sound of severe blitz over London, late Spring 1941".

Date:undated Extent:6 pp

P103/334 Scope and Content:

Handwritten early draft by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play That Man Bracken, entitled "Scene two", beginning "The sound of a typewriter".

Date:undated Extent:7 pp

P103/335 Scope and Content:

Handwritten early draft by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play That Man Bracken, beginning with "Narrator one": "this is the story of a man who invented himself". (Paginated 1-7.)

Date:undated Extent:7 pp

P103/336 Scope and Content:

Fragment of draft by Thomas Kilroy for his radio playThat Man Bracken, lacking the beginning and some middle parts. Beginning with a dialogue between "Eddie", "Second female", and "Third female". [Roughly paginated [10]-18, 23-34, 52-57, 64-90.]

Date:undated Extent:71 pp

P103/337 Scope and Content:

Two copies of late typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play That Man Bracken, bound. [Paginated 1-110.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/338 Scope and Content:

Three copies of a late typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy for his radio playThat Man Bracken; seemingly identical to preceding draft, but two of these bear some handwritten corrections later taken over into the version that was broadcast by the B.B.C. For instance, on the cast list, two are erased - Simon Eyre (publisher) and his wife Dorothy. [Paginated 1-110; one is bound; one is a fragment, missing 25 pp.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/339
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P103/ 510

Scope and Content:

Two copies of the broadcast version of Thomas Kilroy's radio play That Man, Bracken (68 pp). Including cast list, and list of performing actors, with Alan Rickman as Bracken, and with most of the cast doubling their roles. Speakers are numbered on each new page. Also including loose sheet with dra`ft list of characters in pencil. [Boxlist states this was the B.B.C. Manchester production by Robert Cooper.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/340 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence regarding Thomas Kilroy's radio play That Man Bracken, broadcast on Radio 3 (BBC), 20 June 1986 (7.30pm), and repeated in January 1987. Comprising correspondence between Kilroy, his literary agents, Robert Cooper and others at BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Manchester. Including an early letter to Cooper (23 June 1982) showing that the radio play predated the theatre play, and was itself first offered to the BBC in September 1982 as Bracken. Also including private letters from Jack Saward, and Ian Milligan, both testifying to Brendan Bracken's sexual proclivities; a letter from Mr A.R.Frewen, identifying himself as the son of the solicitor mentioned in the play.

Date:23 June 1982 - 13 January 1993 Extent:16 items

P103/341 Scope and Content:

File of records from the BBC Radio production of Thomas Kilroy's radio play That Man Bracken, broadcast on Radio 3 (BBC), 20 June 1986 (7.30pm), and repeated in January 1987. Comprising a copy of the Radio Times with detailed listings (and photocopies); press reviews from the original broadcast, and the repeat.

Date:14 June 1986 - 23 January 1987 Extent:12 items

3.1.3 "The Colleen and the Cowboy" (2005)

P103/342 Scope and Content:

File of documents gathered by Thomas Kilroy in preparation for his radio play The Colleen and the Cowboy. Including handwritten notes contextualising Ford's film-making in Ireland, and excerpts from script notes of The Quiet Man (copies from Indiana University).

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/343 Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes and draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play The Colleen and the Cowboy. Attempts at finding a name for the narrator, "Josie Medlar", "Valentine Medlar", and his introductory speech.

Date:undated Extent:1 p

P103/344 Scope and Content:

Refill pad (and loose material) with handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play The Colleen and the Cowboy. Constituting circa three beginnings of the play, each starting with the sound of a tenor "I'll take you home again, Kathleen", and the narrator's introductory monologue - variant names "Valentine Medlar", "Valentine Haddison", "Val Kirwan".

Date:undated Extent:20 pp

P103/345 Scope and Content:

File of fragmentary typescript drafts of Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Colleen and the Cowboy. Including an annotated draft of the first [12] pages; another draft nearly exactly continuing on from page 12; four sections of "rewrites" (belonging to drafts not identified here). [First two sections are paginated 1-12, 12-19.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/346 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Colleen and the Cowboy, with some handwritten annotations and corrections. With two differing lists of speaking parts. [Paginated 1-54. Naming his literary agents, Alan Brodie Representation, London. Dating from the original folder.]

Date:[2004] Extent:57 pp

P103/347 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's radio play The Colleen and the Cowboy, in 31 scenes, with title page, and with handwritten annotations and excisions. Missing p.1. [Paginated 2-65.]

Date:undated Extent:65 pp

3.1.3.1 Adaptation for television

P103/348 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes and drafts by Thomas Kilroy for the screenplay of The Colleen and the Cowboy. Including notes on ideas and connections of scenes, lists of characters and scenes, and draft dialogue.

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/349 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Working Copy to First Draft" of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, with handwritten annotations and corrections, in 124 scenes. [Paginated 1-102.]

Date:undated Extent:102 pp

P103/350 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, with handwritten annotations and corrections, in 180 scenes. [Paginated 1-123; missing pp. 42-78. Seems to be the copy referred to in Paul Donovan's notes of 14 August 2006.]

Date:[2006] Extent:88 pp

P103/351 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, with few handwritten annotations and corrections. [Paginated 1-122; missing pp. 24-31 and the end, stopping at scene 178. Identical with preceding draft up to p.10; taking over some of the corrections made there .]

Date:[2006] Extent:116 pp

P103/352 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, missing the beginning; with few handwritten annotations and corrections, in 183 scenes. [Paginated 7-130.]

Date:[2006] Extent:123 pp

P103/353 Scope and Content:

Typescript "Draft 2" (113 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, in 154 scenes. Enclosing tabulated study of the themes and relationships explored in the play, ordered by scenes and listing page numbers; with copies. Also containing a hand-drawn graph showing development of the central relationships between "Val" and "Ford", "Val" and "Mary-Jo". [Draft is paginated.]

Date:[2006] Extent:3 items

P103/354 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft (131 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, with handwritten annotations and corrections, in 183 scenes. Enclosing "notes towards draft three" which follow on Paul [Donovan]'s notes of May 2007. Kilroy commenting on particular scenes and proposing corrections. [Draft is paginated.]

Date:[May 2007] Extent:2 items

P103/355 Scope and Content:

Fragment typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, with one handwritten marking on p.43. Including the new character "Maury", from scene 62 onwards. Missing the end, stopping at scene 115. [Paginated 1-72.]

Date:[2007] Extent:72 pp

P103/356 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy, with handwritten annotations and corrections, title page and character list, in 169 scenes. Acknowledging the assistance of The Irish Film Board and script editors Elizabeth Garner and Paula Mulroe. (Missing p.31, paginated 1-105. Original folder was marked "towards a final draft", third page inscribed "Colleen 3 towards final".)

Date:[2007/ 2008] Extent:104 pp

P103/357 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and his literary agent, Alan Brodie of Alan Brodie Representations, London, regarding the screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy. Including early feedback on the screenplay, the legal "Option and Writer's Agreement" with Paul Donovan of Grand Pictures ([ ] February 2007), enquiries by Kilroy about withdrawing the script (reply in the negative).

Date:6 January 2006- 23 April 2008 Extent:4 items

P103/358 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and The Irish Film Board, regarding the film project for his screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy. Including a note by Kilroy [applying for funding]; a letter offering him a sum towards the project; several reports on the radio play and the feasibility of creating a film script from it (unsigned and undated) .

Date:8 April - [ ] 2005 Extent:7 items

P103/359 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, script consultants Elizabeth Garner and Paula Mulroe (for the Irish Film Board), producer Paul Donovan (of Grand Pictures); co-operating on developing Kilroy's screenplay The Colleen and the Cowboy. Containing detailed notes and commentary on plot, characters, and theme, regarding progressing drafts - naming drafts one (2005) and two (2006), and then referring to one or more unnumbered drafts (2007/2008). Including a letter from Thomas Kilroy to Paul [Donovan], expressing his deep reservations about the director, Paul Quinn [spring 2008]; e-mail print-out from [poet Mary O'Malley] to Thomas Kilroy, giving advice on some Irish phrases [that may be spoken by John Ford] (undated); correspondence ends inconclusively. [Thomas Kilroy added information about the O'Malley e-mail.]

Date:29 June 2005 - 24 June 2008 Extent:28 items

3.1.4 "In the Garden of the Asylum" (2009)

P103/360 Scope and Content:

File of material collected by Thomas Kilroy [in preparation of his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum]. Including a précis (3 pp) stating his intentions for the play; handwritten notes; various factual texts and press cuttings dealing with mental disorders and treatments, including a chapter from [Steven Cherry Mental Health Care in Modern England: the Norfolk Lunatic Asylum]; Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter"; a review of Carol Loeb Shloss's biography of Lucia Joyce; a letter from St.Andrew's, Northampton, regretting that health information for patients cannot be released; visitor's pass for St.Andrew's (December 2007).

Date:August 2002 - April 2009 Extent:22 items

P103/361 Scope and Content:

Fragment of a handwritten draft summary of Thomas Kilroy's radio play In the Garden of the Asylum. Containing the comment that "two strands occupy the core of the play. One is the fact that each is the child of a writer... The other strand has to do with the fact that each of them was denied love in their lives..."

Date:undated Extent:2 pp

P103/362
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P103/ 299

Scope and Content:

Refill pad (c.45 pp) and loose leaves with handwritten draft dialogue by Thomas Kilroy for his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum; one item refers to an unidentified paginated draft, possibly comprising inserts for that draft. Refill pad includes 8 pp of draft dialogue for his play Christ Deliver Us!, with the character "Vivie".

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/363 Scope and Content:

File of partial typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy of his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum. Extending from between 4 to 25 pages. One marked as "ongoing rough draft"; some with handwritten corrections; one includes title page, list of characters, and names literary agent (Alan Brodie Representation). [All paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:8 items

P103/364 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum, with a page listing characters and setting the scene. With handwritten corrections and notes through the first quarter of the draft. [Paginated 1-48, missing 4-9.]

Date:undated Extent:43 pp

P103/365 Scope and Content:

"Final draft" (typescript) by Thomas Kilroy of In the Garden of the Asylum- a play for radio, including title page and list of characters. [Paginated 1-52; with handwritten date and addition "for RTE".]

Date:April 2009 Extent:60 pp

P103/366 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft entitled "final version- rehearsal" by Thomas Kilroy of his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum, with a page listing characters and setting the scene. With some handwritten insertions over the first ten pages. (This is listed "final" but proves to predate the next draft, which follows up on passages marked out for rewriting here.) [Paginated 1-50.]

Date:[2009] Extent:51 pp

P103/367 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy of his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum, with 3 pp of handwritten notes and a handwritten inset (p.8). Marked "meeting with RTE". [Paginated 1-50; seemingly following up on last draft. The play was broadcast on 6 December 2009.]

Date:September 2009 Extent:50 pp

P103/368 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft marked "Rehearsal Script" by Thomas Kilroy of his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum, with a page listing characters and setting the scene. With very few corrections on the first few pages. Extensively revised from last version. [Paginated 1-60.]

Date:4 November 2009 Extent:61 pp

P103/369 Scope and Content:

Printed correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and Jesper Bergman, dramaturg RTE, and Kevin Reynolds [RTE], regarding his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum. Containing extensive notes from Bergman.

Date:[ ] - 27 October 2009 Extent:2 items

P103/370 Scope and Content:

Handwritten letter from Peter Fallon, The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath, to Thomas Kilroy, praising his radio play In the Garden of the Asylum, but finding it would be too difficult to publish it on its own. Also asking for dates for the production of Spring Awakening [Christ Deliver Us!].

Date:18 May 2009 Extent:1 p

3.1.5 "The Stories of Mary Lavin" (undated)

P103/371 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft radio script by Thomas Kilroy entitled The Stories of Mary Lavin. Containing some handwritten marginalia by [Kilroy], identifying speakers for the various paragraphs (himself, Actress 1, 2). Seemingly written for a series edited by A[ugustine] Martin - containing endpiece to be spoken by editor. [Denoted as radio piece on the original folder.]

Date:undated Extent:11 pp

3.2 Television plays and documentaries

3.2.1 "Breakdown in Peace Talks with Hope in Sight" (1968)

P103/372 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding a proposed half-hour television play by Thomas Kilroy entitled Breakdown in Peace Talks with Hope in Sight, entered for the Observer Weekend TV-competition (1968). Comprising correspondence with his literary agents Margaret Ramsay Ltd (UK) and Lucy Kroll Agency (US), offering early feedback; typescript draft of the play as entered into the competition, bearing entry number "1557" (19 pp).

Date:[1968] Extent:8 items

3.2.2 "Farmers" (1978)

P103/373
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P103/ 95

Scope and Content:

Two typescript duplicates (42 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's [television play Farmers], with front matter setting the scene and listing characters, including the couples "Peter" and "Judith", "Sean" and "Nuala". Divided into 30 scenes. [Paginated 1-42; first copy lacks last page.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/374
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P103/ 95

Scope and Content:

Typescript copy of Thomas Kilroy's television play Farmers, with title page, and other front matter setting the scene and listing characters. Identical to preceding copies, but bearing handwritten corrections; also marked on title page "to collect", "M.Garvey"; listing times for rehearsal (28-30 March 1978) and for "VTR" [Video Tape Recording]. [Paginated 1-39.]

Date:March 1978 Extent:40 pp

P103/375 Scope and Content:

Typescript "shooting script" of Thomas Kilroy's television play Farmers, with front matter listing the six actors, the Ráidió Teilifis Éireann production staff, recording dates and location. With extensively modified structure (87 scenes or more), and rewritten dialogue. [Paginated 3-38. Missing pp 1-2, and last page(s).]

Date:11-14 April 1978 Extent:37 pp

P103/376 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his literary agents Margaret Ramsay Ltd, and the BBC, regarding his play Farmers. With early feedback from the agents, showing it was intended for television; early plans for involvement of RTÉ; discussion of rewriting and producing it for television eventually.

Date:5 June 1973- 21 April 1977 Extent:5 items

3.2.3 "Grange Park" [1978]

P103/377 Scope and Content:

Notebook (c.30 pp)with handwritten notes by Thomas Kilroy, with c.18 pp (centre of book and loose leaf enclosure) containing notes for a film project entitled Grange Park, alternatively The Turn of the Key, and The Feeding of the Heart. Notes on structure, characters, Ireland of the 1930s. Also contains notes for academic teaching in Anglo-Irish literature (partly in Irish),and first page with autobiographical notes.

Date:undated Extent:c.30 pp

P103/378 Scope and Content:

Typescript outline for a screenplay by Thomas Kilroy entitled Grange Park or The Turning of the Key. Summarising background of Ireland 1935-1936; and outlining plot and characters. With a handwritten "historical note" on the reverse.

Date:undated Extent:4 pp

P103/379 Scope and Content:

Typescript "first draft screenplay" by Thomas Kilroy entitled The Turning of the Key, based on a story by Ciarin Scott. Originally sent in four instalments; containing a proposed ending (p.49f.). (Paginated 1-101, with p.51A, missing 62-83.)

Date:undated Extent:104 pp

P103/380 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed Ciarin Scott, Scotia Film Productions Limited, Dublin, to Thomas Kilroy, Dublin, attaching a document for signature regarding Kilroy's screenplay for a feature film; asking to return it.

Date:3 March 1978 Extent:1 p

3.2.4 "Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosy" [1979]

P103/381 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding a proposition for a television play by Thomas Kilroy, with the provisional title Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosy [1979]. Comprising correspondence from RTÉ, commissioning him to write Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosy, and asking for news.

Date:2 August 1979- 10 November 1980 Extent:2 items

3.2.5 George Moore's "Drama in Muslin" [1981]

P103/382 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and drafts regarding a proposed adaptation for television of George Moore's Drama in Muslin by Thomas Kilroy. Including a letter from his literary agent Margaret Ramsay Ltd, pointing to his lack of expertise in television in the UK; a précis of the play (4 pp) outlining the adaptation in three parts entitled "Home", "The Castle", "A Wedding".

Date:21 May 1981 (and undated) Extent:3 items

3.2.6 "The Women and Mr.Yeats" (1987)

P103/383
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P103/ 517

Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes and other documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's television screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats. Including some historical notes on Maud Gonne, notes on structure of the play; some early draft dialogue. Also including fragment of a letter from Michael Garvey [RTÉ] to [ ] proposing to produce the film before September to be able to broadcast in the anniversary year [1989].

Date:undated [and 1988] Extent:6 items

P103/384 Scope and Content:

File of 29 colour photographs (12.7x8.8cm) by [Michael Garvey], originally in a simple book with sleeves, entitled "Yeats Project". With images from Corcomroe Abbey, from Dourros House, and from Thoor Ballylee. [The Yeats project comprised both Kilroy's screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats and a proposed book by Kilroy and Carlson with the same title. Name of photographer supplied by Thomas Kilroy.]

Date:30 January 1985 Extent:31 items

P103/385 Scope and Content:

File of early handwritten draft dialogue fragments by Thomas Kilroy for his screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats. The most extensive fragment is paginated 1-8. [Some of the fragments may have been intended as inserts for typescript drafts.]

Date:undated Extent:c.9 items

P103/386 Scope and Content:

File of fragments of typescript drafts by Thomas Kilroy for his screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats. The most extensive fragments are paginated 1-174 (c.129 pp extant) and 16 - 168. Also including an extract from a larger early draft with handwritten date "14 July 1985" and with a short prologue offering background information on Yeats's affair with Olivia Shakespear (14 pp). Some drafts bear handwritten corrections. [All paginated.]

Date:undated (and July 1985) Extent:9 items

P103/387 Scope and Content:

Fragment of typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy (and writing assistant Julia Lowell Carlson), for his screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats with title page and front matter; missing beginning and end. Much is cut and pasted from earlier drafts; with handwritten corrections. Divided into two parts, "The Rose", and "The Tower". Front matter includes a preface stating "this is a re-creation of the poet's involvement with some of these women [that Yeats had significant relationships with during his lifetime]." [Paginated 4-103, missing pp 1-3, 6, 8.]

Date:undated Extent:99 pp

P103/388 Scope and Content:

Reworked typescript draft by Thomas Kilroy for his screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats; with title page and the same front matter as in preceding drafts; also divided into two parts. Not clear whether last page constitutes end of play - ending at a London hospital clinic, 1930s (scene 100). [Paginated 1-142. Title page omits to mention Carlson as writing assistant.]

Date:undated Extent:147 pp

P103/389 Scope and Content:

Bound typescript "working draft" by Thomas Kilroy (and writing assistant Julia Lowell Carlson), for his screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats with same title page and front matter as in preceding copies. No longer separated into two parts; ending with scene no.200. [Paginated 1-174.]

Date:undated Extent:174 pp

P103/390 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and RTÉ, his literary agents Anthony Sheil Associates Ltd, and the BBC, regarding his screenplay The Women and Mr.Yeats. Including early discussion with Michael Garvey of what RTÉ is looking for; legal agreement for the commissioned "script for Yeats Drama/ Documentary film"; précis (1984) entitled "A Man of Qualities"; RTÉ's release of the script (1989); discussion with Roland Jaquarello, BBC, of redrafting as a radio drama (undated).

Date:8 October 1984 - 7 April 1989 (and undated) Extent:12 items

3.2.7 "Gold in the Streets" (1993)

P103/391 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and typescript documents centering on a "first draft" for Thomas Kilroy's television play entitledThe Gold in the Streets [later Gold in the Streets ]. Comprising a handwritten complete draft, fragment of a first typewritten copy, and further corrected and complete typescript (20 pp in 27 scenes). Also including a page of handwritten notes regarding numbered scenes. Listing literary agent as Margaret Ramsay Ltd., London.

Date:undated Extent:4 items

P103/392 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's television play Gold in the Streets, cut and pasted from previous drafts, and with some handwritten corrections, and excisions; with title page and list of characters; in 24 scenes. Adding handwritten note that he would prefer to retain the flash-backs to scenes in Ireland. Excising the former reference to literary agents. [Paginated 1-21.]

Date:undated Extent:23 pp

P103/393 Scope and Content:

File of documents comprising "Draft 2" (24 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's play Gold in the Streets - a half-hour TV play , with title page; in 30 scenes. Including a rough version cut and pasted from previous drafts and two typescript copies of that. First typescript bears handwritten annotations listing transmission date, director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, and the two actors, Derbhle Crotty, and Alan Devlin. [Paginated 1-23, 1-24, 1-24.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/394 Scope and Content:

Typescript draft of Thomas Kilroy's television play Gold in the Streets , in 23 scenes; a photocopy of material cut and pasted from previous drafts. With handwritten corrections, insertions, notes on the structure. [Paginated 1-24, including three inserts for pp 5, 12.]

Date:undated Extent:26 pp

P103/395 Scope and Content:

File of documents centering on the "final script" (58 pp) of Thomas Kilroy's television play Gold in the Streets , with two different title pages giving RTÉ production details; in 24 scenes. The recording dates are listed as 18, 21-25 June and 28 June - 2 July; also including a rehearsal [and shooting] schedule specifying sets in Henrietta Street, Dublin, and in Wicklow. Two scripts bear differing handwritten corrections. [Paginated 1-58, 1-58, 1-10.]

Date:June/July 1993 Extent:3 items

P103/396 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence mostly from RTÉ regarding Thomas Kilroy's television play Gold in the Streets. Comprising promotional material (in separate envelope) for the series Two Lives that the play forms part of; letters regarding a possible repeat broadcast of the play (originally broadcast on 10 November 1993), highlighting the "Special Mention" received by the play at the Prix Niki Awards in March 1994. Also including letters from Bernard McKenna, Delaware (US), asking Kilroy for a copy and promising he will write to Professor Countryman; from John Cannon, London, wishing to discuss putting the play on the stage in London: "it says so much about life in the multi-racial society of contemporary London" (26 May 1994).

Date:10 November 1993- 22 November 1994 Extent:7 items

P103/397 Scope and Content:

File of black and white "RTÉ stills photographs" from the set of Thomas Kilroy's play Gold in the Streets ; all bearing the same caption with a programme note on the play. One photograph depicts Alan Devlin, sitting in an armchair in a derelict room, two others show Derbhle Crotty, standing and sitting inside a room beside an open window.

Date:[1993] Extent:4 items (23.6x18.6 cm)

P103/398 Scope and Content:

Press cuttings regarding Thomas Kilroy's television play Gold in the Streets ; a television listing for the showing, and a review by Brendan Glacken of the series of three plays from [The Irish Times], entitled "Dramatic duets".

Date:10 November 1993 Extent:2 items

3.2.8 Other screenplays (unfinished, not produced)

P103/399 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding a draft television play by Thomas Kilroy entitled Super Ten Days in Majorca. Comprising script fragments for parts one and two, and fragments (mostly handwritten, c.100pp). [Paginated 1-28, 1-23, and fragmentarily.]

Date:undated Extent:3 items

P103/400 Scope and Content:

Comprising correspondence between Kilroy and his literary agents Margaret Ramsay Ltd, and Peter Willes at Yorkshire Television Ltd, regarding Kilroy's television play Super Ten Days in Mallorca. Correspondence culminates in Willes's decision not to take up his option on the play.

Date:2 September 1969 - 29 January 1970 Extent:10 items

P103/401 Scope and Content:

Typescript television play by Thomas Kilroy entitled Come, Let us Kiss and Part. Set in a university town, listing eight speaking parts. [Paginated 1-53, with an insert. Listing literary agent as Margaret Ramsay Ltd.]

Date:undated Extent:56 pp

P103/402 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and typescript draft fragments of an untitled television play by Thomas Kilroy, set in the Dublin city and county, centering on the characters "J.T.", "Margaret", "Tony", and "Jacqui". Most extensive fragment (35 pp) lists ten speaking parts; other fragments reach up to p.84; also including some "rewrites" (20 pp).

Date:undated Extent:6 items

P103/403 Scope and Content:

Draft synopsis for a [television play] by Thomas Kilroy, with the provisional title The Family Album, with the theme of the prodigal son, set in a family of four. [This was found among the television plays; it might be a draft for a stage play.]

Date:undated Extent:1 p

3.2.9 "Famine Ship" (documentary, 1999)

P103/404 Scope and Content:

File of printed material collected by Thomas Kilroy while researching for the television documentary Famine Ship. Including articles on John Behan, John Dunne (composer), 1995-Famine exhibition programme (RDS), article by Margaret Hogan on Birr workhouse (and primary sources); article by Christine Kinealy "Scourge of the Revisionists" (2 November 1997).

Date:September 1995- November 1997 Extent:7 items

P103/405 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and typescript working notes and progressive drafts by Thomas Kilroy for the documentary film Famine Ship. Comprising rough notes; outlines for the storyline and accompanying images and voice-overs; reports on material yet to be filmed; draft scripts with commentary for Parzival Productions (fullest contains 10 scenes).

Date:[ ] - July 1998 Extent:13 items

P103/406 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, David Shaw-Smith and others at Parzival Productions, Galway, regarding Kilroy's writing for their production the film Famine Ship. Including a project outline by Parzival Productions; their agreement with Kilroy on the working terms (April 1998); copies of letters from Kilroy discussing developments. Also including a list of observations made by Rod Stoneman on viewing of film (5 January 1999).

Date:January 1998 - January 1999 Extent:10 items

3.2.10 Brian Friel (documentary, 2000)

P103/407 Scope and Content:

File of typescript documents from research, collected (and partially written) by Thomas Kilroy, towards writing a film documentary about Brian Friel. Comprising a document by Ferndale Films entitled "treatment" with biographical information and outline of work ahead; texts based on interviews with Friel; notes based on CDs recorded by Friel, and on "The Diviner, the Art of Brian Friel".

Date:December 1999 (and undated) Extent:7 items

P103/408 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, his literary agents Casarotto Ramsay Ltd, and Noel Pearson and others at Ferndale Films, Dublin, regarding his work for the film documentary on Brian Friel. Including production schedules, correspondence about the work agreement; commentary on the work in progress. Some are covering letters for material in P103/ 409. Also including invitation for Kilroy to attend the special screening of the finished product, on 20 September 2000.

Date:[January] - September 2000 Extent:8 items

P103/409 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and typescript working notes by Thomas Kilroy for the documentary on Brian Friel. Comprising rough notes; outlines for the voice-overs and visuals; draft scripts with commentary from both Kilroy and Ferndale Films (fullest runs to 7 pages).

Date:December 1999- June 2000 (and undated) Extent:c.17 items

4 Correspondence
Date:1955-2009 Extent:126 items

4.1 Private correspondence

4.1.1 From writers

P103/410 Scope and Content:

File of letters from dramatists and writers John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy, Galway, to Kilroy. Regarding private and family matters; a film proposal ("black comedy", 1973); current affairs; an essay by Arden about O'Casey; their other writing. In regard to Kilroy's [Double Cross], Arden mentions that Brendan Bracken once addressed his school. Enclosing a press release entitled "The Non-Stop Connolly Show", asking Kilroy to add his name. (One letter is fragmented and undated.)

Date:23 May 1973-6 May 1986 Extent:8 items

P103/411 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Brian Arkins, Classics, St.David's University, Lampeter (UK), to Kilroy, enclosing a play entitled The Abortion - "in particular, I think the feminist theologian works well". [Play not extant.]

Date:4 October [ ] Extent:1 p

P103/412 Scope and Content:

File of letters from Alan Ayckburn, London, to Kilroy, regarding a planned ceremony to honour and celebrate their shared literary agent, Peggy Ramsay, on 18 February.

Date:18-31 January 1988 Extent:2 items

P103/413 Scope and Content:

Holograph postcard from Samuel Beckett, Paris, to Kilroy, giving him permission to include the O'Casey review in his anthology; pointing to errata. His health "continues fairly good". (Including the envelope.)

Date:15 February 1974 Extent:1 p

P103/414 Scope and Content:

File of holograph letters and postcard from activist and writer Mary Benson, London, to Kilroy, regarding their various writing projects. Offering help with placing his television play; commenting on his play which Clive has also promised to read; accepting help in placing an autobiographical story by her with [Gerard] Dawe. Announcing publication of her autobiography. (Letters can be dated to 1988/ 1989 by allusions to her work, and to the recent Field Day play she has seen.)

Date:1989 (and undated) Extent:4 items

P103/415 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Patricia Burke Brogan, Galway, to Kilroy, asking for his support of her application for membership of Aosdána.

Date:17 April 2004 Extent:1 p

P103/416
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Typescript letter from playwright Declan B[urke]-K[ennedy], Dublin, to Kilroy, asking him to write a note for the blurb of his newly-finished book Leonie, to be published in the autumn. He heard Kilroy's novel re-write is nearing completion.

Date:14 February 1995 Extent:1 p

P103/417 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Hubert Butler [ ], to Kilroy, regretting they cannot go and hear him; offering praise for The Great Chapel [The Big Chapel]; inviting him and arranging transport.

Date:undated Extent:1 p

P103/418 Scope and Content:

File of letters from writer John G.Cannon, London (UK) to Kilroy. Asking for copies of his plays, sending him his drama adaptation of Chekhov's novella The Duel, and explaining his intentions with it.

Date:21 January -19 April 1994 Extent:3 items

P103/419 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Hugh Carr, Bray, to Kilroy, regarding his recently staged play Journey Through Samsara. Unhappy with a harsh review of the play; sending him the script and asking his professional opinion.

Date:16 March 2002 Extent:1 p

P103/420 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Evelyn [Conlon], to Kilroy, referring to a recent literary disappointment, in thanks for his efforts, and plan for her latest short story.

Date:undated Extent:1 p

P103/421 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Donald Davidson, Vermont (US), to Kilroy, referring to Kilroy's current teaching stint in Nashville, and to the Davidsons' plans for visiting Ireland.

Date:18 August 1965 Extent:1 p

P103/422
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P103/ 470, 478, 632

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File of personal letters from poet and academic Gerard Dawe, Dublin, to Kilroy. With reference to his own poetry and publications; encouraging Kilroy after the disappointment of The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre; arranging for Kilroy to lecture and give workshops at Trinity College, Dublin. Enclosing a petition for financial support to the ailing James Simmons (sent by Eileán Ní Chuileanáin and Kate Newman, 2 April 2000).

Date:13 June 1989- 8 February 2008 (and undated) Extent:6 items

P103/423
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File of personal correspondence from writer and academic Seamus Deane, Dublin (and US); one item from Kilroy to Deane. Much is of close personal nature; family news. Detailed references to his and to Kilroy's academic, and creative writing; mentioning his wish to write a novel (18 October 1973) and offering excerpts from Reading in the Dark (not extant, 4 April 1991); detailed discussions of Kilroy's Double Cross (29 January 1985) and his The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre ("it's Kilrovian- it's a language and a territory..." 25 May 1990). Also, commentary on work at UCD, Kilroy's employment at UCD, UCG, and in the US. References to Derry and to Field Day; on the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, confessing that volume IV is "an unspeakable headache; a bad idea but a doom I have to accept now" (20 November 1992). Kilroy's draft letter to Deane written from Malaga (Spain), partly concerning the writing of [The Big Chapel] (15 May 1970). (7 of these are undated, but seem to range from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s.)

Date:(1970) 7 April 1973 - 3 June 2006 (much undated) Extent:31 items

P103/424 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Eilís Dillon, Santa Barbara (US), to Kilroy. Responding to his report on the recent writing workshop in Galway; her travel plans; talking to Seamus Heaney. She was recently "breathing the last puff of life into my novel, now 730 pp.(!)".

Date:18 June 1976 Extent:3 pp

P103/425 Scope and Content:

File of personal holograph letters from poet Paul Durkan, Cork and Dublin, to Kilroy. Asking for an excerpt from his novel for The Cork Review; offering praise and detailed commentary on Talbot's Box (Cork 1980), The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche (Dublin 1989), also having enjoyed Double Cross. On Mr.Roche: "Frank Conway's basement flat is every Dublin basement flat I have ever known. Sepulchral, ecclesiastical, cloacal, Gaudi-esque, Disney-esque, a sense of P ère Lachaise" (18 May 1989).

Date:10 January 1980- 2 September 1989 Extent:3 items

P103/426 Scope and Content:

File of letters and postcard from writer and academic Terry Eagleton, St.Catherine's College, Oxford, to Kilroy, sending him his new play (not extant) about Edward Martyn, asking for comments and for advice after neither the Abbey Theatre nor Rough Magic will produce it.

Date:17 June 1998- 29 April 1999 Extent:3 items

P103/427 Scope and Content:

File of letters from playwright Bernard Farrell, Greystones, County Wicklow, to Kilroy. Referring to Ben [Barnes] at the Abbey Theatre, Kilroy's Six Characters in Search of an Author and his play for Red Kettle; Farrell's own commission for The Gate Theatre. Arrangements for nominating Jim Nolan for Aosdána; enclosing his curriculum vitae.

Date:14 June 1996- 22 January 1999 Extent:3 items

P103/428 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Brian Foster, Derry, to Kilroy, in thanks for his advice during the Lyric workshop, and enclosing his latest play Miracle in Ballymore (not extant), hoping for feedback

Date:18 August 1999 Extent:1 p

P103/429 Scope and Content:

File of letters from poet Robert Greacen, Dublin, to Kilroy. Commenting on the state of the arts in Ireland, both being members of Aosdána; both supporting a nomination of Benedict Kiely for saoi which proves successful.

Date:24 March 1994- 31 January 1996 Extent:4 items

P103/430 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by writer Michael Harding, Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim, to Kilroy. Grateful for Kilroy's willingness [to give reference]; he found three others and is awaiting the outcome. Appreciating Kilroy's television work to date; his being steeped in the classics; hoping he will work for movies; humorous reference to Bosie's son whom Kilroy had mentioned to him. [Mention of "Bogdances" (2000), and possibly an application for membership in Aosdána, granted in 2000, assisted dating.]

Date:[2000] Extent:1 p

P103/431 Scope and Content:

File of personal letters from writer Dermot Healy, London and County Sligo, to Kilroy. With news of his own work, Fighting with Shadows, his living in London, their mutual friend Tom McIntyre and his piece in The Harper. Asking for contributions to literary magazine Force 10, one for Spring 1994; appending a questionnaire about Kilroy's writing and his choice of living in rural County Mayo.

Date:[1993] and undated Extent:3 items

P103/432
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File of personal letters, postcards and printed material from poet and playwright Seamus Heaney, Dublin, County Wicklow (and US, UK locations, as well as from a transatlantic Concorde) to "cher m âitre" Kilroy. Discussing their academic posts; the way this impinges on the writing process; particular works by Heaney (especially The Cure at Troy and The Burial at Thebes); Field Day Theatre (see his letter on Kilroy's resignation, 17 June 1992). With praise for Kilroy's work, especially Double Cross, Madame MacAdam, and a radio programme on [Philip] Larkin (October 1990). Allusions to meeting Kilroy at various events, also (summer 1992) in Normandy at a Genet event. Including poem dedicated to Kilroy "Not the one who walks away" (30 October 2006) with photographs of Frank McCourt, Kilroy, Friel, Heaney and Noel Pearson; own printed Christmas cards, one with a special print of poem "The Dark Wood" [1988]. Offering that "Double Cross made me proud and delighted. To go to the theatre in Ireland and not make allowances, intellectual or technical - this in itself is a matter of rejoicing. But to have the unrealized spaces opened up, to have such confidence in giving oneself over to an intelligence sporting itself fornenst you...It was and is a special occasion." ([31] March 1986)

Date:12 July 1976 - 13 April 2009 Extent:23 items

P103/433 Scope and Content:

File of letters from, and about, writer Aidan Higgins, London, to Kilroy. Regarding Kilroy's plan to write an essay on Higgins for The Hollins Critic (US) - including a letter from its editor John Rees Moore. Higgins replies to Kilroy's request for information, sending also a short biography, commenting modern-day Ireland. Also offering commentary on Kilroy's neighbours, the Ardens [John and Margaretta D'Arcy]: "they were off to US to study forced breeding of shellfish, revolutionise Munster economy, when last heard of. Such energy! Confuse it with hope..." (10 October 1974)

Date:10 October 1974- 15 February 1977 Extent:3 items

P103/434 Scope and Content:

File of holograph letters from Fred Johnston, Galway, to Kilroy, grateful for his support for Johnston's application for Aosdána membership. Offering curriculum vitae details; mentioning receipt of the 1988 Arts Council bursary.

Date:2 March [1988] - 11 February 1989 Extent:2 items

P103/435 Scope and Content:

Holograph postcard from writer Jennifer Johnston, Derry, to Kilroy, with contact details for Kenith Trodd; he ought to try the BBC.

Date:28 March 1985 Extent:2 pp

P103/436 Scope and Content:

Holograph note from writer John B.Keane, Listowel, to Kilroy, stating he gives the signed item with pleasure. Mentioning his medical treatment in Cork; hoping to see Kilroy at the Ballina fleadh.

Date:undated Extent:1 p

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File of personal letters and printed matter from, and about, writer Benedict Kiely and Frances Kiely, Dublin (and US), to Kilroy. Private matters, including Kiely's health; mentioning work in US colleges; Kilroy's various dealings with Kiely's novel The Captain and the Whiskers; Kiely's death, and high regard for Kilroy. On The Big Chapel, Kiely offers that "it's the sort of theme I'd love to handle if I c[oul]d be sure of doing it as well as you've done..." [1971]. Also including press cutting from the Sunday Independent, on 2004 reissuing of The Captain, with Kilroy's afterword; also information on the 6th annual Benedict Kiely Literary weekend, 2007.

Date:[1964] - September 2007 (and undated Extent:11 items

P103/438 Scope and Content:

File of personal letters from (and material about) poet Thomas Kinsella, Dublin and Wicklow, to Kilroy. Regarding family matters, literary events in Dublin, and briefly referring to Kilroy's work in Nashville (1965). In the same letter, inviting him to join Kinsella at the Yeats Festival Northwestern, during Kinsella's own work in the Northern US. Also including a short essay entitled "Kinsella". [This can be identified as a review by Kilroy of Kinsella's work which appeared in Krino 5 (1988).]

Date:22 March 1965 (mostly undated) Extent:4 items

P103/439 Scope and Content:

File of personal letters from (and material about) writer Mary Lavin, County Meath and Dublin, to Kilroy. Mostly about family matters and financial worries; discussing options for income from literary work; recurrently in low spirits; their giving up The Mews and moving to Dublin (1989). Arranging meetings; seeking advice on literary agents, on a proposal from the American Ireland Foundation (1977), on Aosdána - Kilroy and Ben [Kiely] are her sponsors (1981). Kilroy's play Talbot's Box features twice (1977 and in her last letter 18 May 1989); mentioning mutual friends including [Tom] MacIntyre. Including press cuttings from French newspapers covering Lavin's award of the Katherine Mansfield prize [1961]; a black and white photograph depicting Lavin and her three daughters; letter from biographer Leah Levenson asking Kilroy for help. Also including a typescript selection of extracts from literary reviews of Lavin's work (3 pp).

Date:(1961) 19 June 1976- 31 October 1994 (and undated) Extent:23 items

P103/440 Scope and Content:

File of note and postcard from Hugh Leonard "Jack", Dublin, to Kilroy, arranging to meet, on one occasion in order to attend a formal talk.

Date:25 February - 17 March 1988 Extent:2 items

P103/441 Scope and Content:

Typescript letters from writer Doris Lessing, London, to Tom Kilroy, about a literary festival [Cúirt International Festival] which she eventually cannot attend. Commenting about one of his plays she is just reading [Double Cross], and mentioning Brendan Behan.

Date:18 November-3 December 1994 Extent:3 items

P103/442 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from poet Eddie Linden, London (UK), to Kilroy, with congratulations for the Irish Pen Award; mentioning mutual friends Constance and John Behan.

Date:5 February 2008 Extent:1 p

P103/443 Scope and Content:

File of letters and poems from writer Brian Lynch, Dublin, to Kilroy. Responding to advice given on his play centering on [J.T.Sheridan] LeFanu; asking for help with promoting it. Also including extract from long poem, entitled "In Memory of Margaret Wright", and a legal memorandum [fragment] regarding possibilities for libel in Lynch and Gene Lambert's artistic collaboration.

Date:28 September 1997- 4 August 1998 Extent:5 items

P103/444
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File of letters from writer Eugene McCabe, Clones, County Monaghan, and Dublin, to Kilroy (and a draft reply). Mostly about one another's work, McCabe mentioning The Death and Resurrection of Mr.Roche (1968), a 1989 production [Talbot's Box]; plan for a lecture on borderlands and history, in which he wishes to include Kilroy's O'Neill. Kilroy comments on later production of The King of the Castle: "I've never heard that voice out of the land so truthfully and so beautifully as in this play" [c.1970]

Date:10 October 1968 - 22 May 2001 Extent:7 items

P103/445 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from journalist Nell [McCafferty], Cork, to Kilroy, asking for more information on an upcoming event (28 February) and happy to be considered a "woman writer". "[Nuala] O Faolain leaves me [awestruck] and silent, but I would travel the land to listen to her."

Date:undated Extent:1 p

P103/446
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File of personal letters and postcards from writer John McGahern, County Leitrim, Dublin (and France), to Kilroy. Personal and family matters; work at TCD (1988) and Colgate (1991); Aosdána membership; living in Leitrim; his own writing - enlarging on The Rockingham Shoot (1986), The Power of Darkness (1989). Responding to new plays Kilroy sent to them, both Madeline and John McGahern praising [The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre]: "I think it's your best play"( 5 March 1990). Some comments on the literary scene; mentioning mutual friends, including Brian Friel, and offering criticisism on the play he was given to read by Friel (4 September 1990). Including invitation to the launch of John McGahern at NUI Galway (8 October 2007). Also including letter from Jo Hatton, Keighley, Yorkshire (UK) to McGahern, referring to an unjust assessment of her writing during the recent Lamb Bank workshop.

Date:17 June 1985- 26 September 1997 (2007) Extent:18 items

P103/447
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File of personal letters from writer Frank McGuinness, Dublin, to Kilroy. Discussions of his work: responding to Kilroy's commentary on Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme, Innocence. Enlarging on his adaptation of The Three Sisters, and praising the London production team (especially 12 December 1989). Rejection of his adaptation of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba for Aidan Matthew's version; plan to write a play based on Maria Callas (both 1989). Also commentary on management of The Abbey Theatre; on Jim Sheridan; on John B.Keane. Mention of other plays; teaching in general: "the return to Maynooth is welcome as I want to sharpen my critical senses again. Theatrical hype now turns my stomach."(3 February 1989) Including essay "The Strapping English Dandy and Salome's Irish Jig" (undated). [Gap in correspondence April 1985 to February 1989.]

Date:8 November 1983 - 30 May 1990 Extent:10 items

P103/448 Scope and Content:

File of personal holograph letters from (and press material about) playwright Tom MacIntyre, Bluche (Switzerland), Inishboffin, and County Cavan, to Kilroy (also a note from "Debbie" to Kilroy). Four letters from Bluche refer to Kilroy's thesis being finalised [1959], discussing living abroad like Joyce; proposing to found literary magazine for Dublin "to provide us with an untrammelled platform for what we hope is a resurrection" (25 August). Sending Kilroy work: [Good evening Mr.]Collins, and an unnamed piece. With regard to Collins, stating that Hickey found Jordan's script accurate (19 June [1995]). Including newspaper cuttings profiling MacIntyre. Also including a typescript curriculum vitae for MacIntyre (undated). [Much undated]

Date:[1959] 19 June1995- 14 April 2000 (2009) Extent:15 items

P103/449 Scope and Content:

File of personal letters, cards and printed enclosures from poet Jayanta Mahapatra, Cuttack, India, to Kilroy. Referring to first meeting on Lake Como; visiting Galway and Cúirt Festival in 1992; family news. Including newspaper cuttings profiling Mahapatra; also his entry in the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series (dated by hand 1992).

Date:10 September 1982 - 4 December 2003 Extent:10 items

P103/450 Scope and Content:

File of letters from writer and actress Mary Manning [Howe], Dublin, to Kilroy. Offering detailed commentary on his script [Tea and Sex and Shakespeare] and recommending he approach a US director; criticism for Thomas Murphy; mentioning a committee for saving the Gate [Theatre]. Remarking "But you are yourself Tom and you are the best we have and I'm afraid you've grown beyond the Abbey" (undated [1976]).

Date:[1976] and undated Extent:2 items

P103/451 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from poet Oliver Marshall, Dublin, to Kilroy, wishing to consult with him about the planned staged reading of Beckett in November. Expressing gratitude for "many good things in the past, going back to Earlsfort Terrace...".

Date:24 September 1997 Extent:1 p

P103/452
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File of personal letters and cards from director and playwright Patrick Mason, Leeds (UK), and [Dublin], to Kilroy. Of his work at Opera North and elsewhere; commentary on The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre; congratulations on the PEN award. One item to enclose an unnamed script - "I hope you'll see the developments" (5 September 2008).

Date:30 April 1992 - 5 September 2008 Extent:4 items

P103/453
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File of letters and card from writer Aidan Matthews, Dublin (and RTÉ), to Kilroy. Including notes from a theatre Workshop [at Annaghmakerrig] (1983); and expressing gratitude for Kilroy's direction given there. Mentioning a one-woman-show he is writing (1984); enclosing a few scripts and enlarging on Trojans "a sort of saturnine libretto" (10 November 2006). Remarking "you are still the most priestly atheist I've ever known".

Date:19 December 1983- 10 November 2006 Extent:4 items

P103/454 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by playwright M.J.Molloy, Milltown, County Galway, to Kilroy. Referring to an unnamed play; recommending to deploy actor Hickey in the second scene as Yeats or another contemporary; also mentioning George [Moore].

Date:25 July 1990 Extent:1 p

P103/455 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from poet John Montague, Department of English, UCC, Cork, to Kilroy, accepting invitation to Galway to talk about "such a central matter as love"; will come with Maurice Riordan. Personal news; also mentioning his book of selected [poetry].

Date:[ ] December 1982 Extent:1 p

P103/456 Scope and Content:

Typescript letters from novelist Brian Moore, California, to Tom Kilroy, about attending the "Moore outing" [Moore Literary Convention, Castlebar], making travel arrangements.

Date:16 February/ 7 April 1990 Extent:2 items

P103/457 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from poet Paul [Muldoon], Princeton University, New Jersey (US), to Kilroy, confirming a sum of travel expenses.

Date:undated Extent:1 p

P103/458 Scope and Content:

Holograph card from writer Val Mulkerns, Dublin, to Kilroy. Sending address of Swiss-German translator and recommending her for Kilroy's book.

Date:29 March 2007 Extent:2 pp

P103/459
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File of holograph personal letters from playwright Tom Murphy, Dublin, to Kilroy. Offering positive commentary on Tea and Sex and Shakespeare and its mooted director and lead actor. On his own work: "The J.Arthur Maginnis Story" (preliminary title) and its development; the disappointment with The Blue Macushla; US production of The Sanctuary Lamp. Juxtaposing American lack of inhibition with their mistaken search for "philosophical content" (22 May 1980). Offering praise for Kilroy's play [The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre] and giving his opinion of critic David Nowlan [1991].

Date:4 February 1976 -23 November 2001 Extent:5 items

P103/460 Scope and Content:

Holograph card from Edna [O'Brien] [ ], to Kilroy, sending him a copy of Wild December.

Date:6 February [ ] Extent:1 p

P103/461 Scope and Content:

File of letters from writer Ulick O'Connor, Dublin, to Kilroy. Regarding the George Moore exhibition of painting in Castlebar; his application for a D.Litt. On his published work; his enjoyment of Kilroy's plays.

Date:12-26 July 1990 Extent:2 items

P103/462 Scope and Content:

File of holograph letters from writer and journalist Nuala [Ó Faoláin], Dublin, to Kilroy. Making a case for "the great Tim Robinson" being made member of Aosdána; sending information on Robinson and Folding Landscapes for Kilroy's and Brian Friel's sponsorship. (Dated only 3 February and 28 April, but see card from Tim Robinson which should place this as 1996.)

Date:[1996] Extent:2 items

P103/463
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File of personal letters from poet Desmond O'Grady, Paris, Limerick, Rome, Kinsale, (also UK and US locations) to Kilroy. (With a gap between October 1966 and September 1986, after that only sporadic.) Discussing his writing (the process and content) and until 1966 also regularly enclosing poems, including some of the "Reilly" series, translations from Italian, sonnets, and a poem entitled "Friendship" with Kilroy in mind (22 June 2002). [Some of the poems enclosed are separate with other writers' scripts.] Discussing his early plans (when in Rome) to issue a literary broadsheet; in 1959 involved with the new Transatlantic Review; enclosing cuttings from the Roman Daily American. Discussing nature of art, current literary movements; brief mentions of Kilroy's own aspirations and work: in 1998 encouraging a translation of The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde into Italian. Mentioning and discussing literary colleagues, including Augustine "Gus" Martin, Mary Lavin, Ezra Pound, [Thomas] Kinsella, Richard Ellman. On his choice to leave Ireland, offering that "the possibility of a literary movement of importance that would result in universal acclaim is probably the only thing that would persuade me to live in Ireland" (13 February 1957). Good wishes on Kilroy's impending marriage "It is truly the most important and vital state for man's success as an immortal, the state of man and woman living together in love" (29 May 1963).

Date:7 November 1955- 22 June 2002 Extent:48 items

P103/464 Scope and Content:

File of two holograph cards from writer Micheal O'Siadhail, Dublin, to Kilroy, offering congratulations on an unnamed television appearance, and his 75th [birthday].

Date:20 August 1992- 2 November 2009 Extent:2 items

P103/465 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from novelist Siobhán Parkinson, Dublin, to Kilroy, with reference to a recent journey to China, and current work.

Date:26 June 2004 Extent:1 p

P103/466 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from playwright Christina [Reid], Twickenham, Middlesex (UK), to Kilroy. Grateful for a copy of the play which she saw and reviewed for Radio 3; recounting her own bad experience with a critic over The Belle of the Belfast City; her and Richard (Howard)'s current work.

Date:14 November 1991 Extent:6 pp

P103/467 Scope and Content:

File of letter and card from cartographer and writer Tim Robinson, Roundstone, to Kilroy. Sending information about his work (not extant) for Aosdána (1996); grateful for a review [by Kilroy] and a certain interview by Field Day (2007).

Date:30 September 1996 - 1 June 2007 Extent:2 items

P103/468 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by writer Paul [Smith], Dublin, to Kilroy, sending a curriculum vitae (not extant) to be used for the application to Aosdána; some commentary on his upbringing and on writing. [Full name indicated in different handwriting.]

Date:24 July 1990 Extent:1 p

P103/469 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Don Snyder, English Department, Colgate University, New York (UK), to Kilroy. Asking for assistance in finding an Irish or UK publisher for his new novel Lies About Love; looking forward to Kilroy's friend John McGahern's arrival at Colgate.

Date:2 September 1991 Extent:1 p

P103/470
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Typescript letter signed by poet James Simmons, Ballymoney, County Antrim, to Kilroy. Arranging for his participation at a conference; mentioning a possible recital of love songs. Discussing various aspects of the Irish literary scene; disapproving of the idea of a Norton Anthology [of Irish literature], finding Ireland "very untidy" where literary criticism is concerned; mentioning specifically Gus Martin, Deane, Anthony Cronin, Kavanagh, Heaney, and "the madman Lowrey who edits and publishes so much rubbish on O'Casey". Enclosing postcard with photograph and poem "The Harvest is Past?".

Date:11 March 1983 Extent:2 items

P103/471 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Colin Teevan, London (UK), to Kilroy, sending him a play, asking for his comments. [Play not extant.]

Date:19 January 2004 Extent:1 p

P103/472 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Colm Tóibín, Dublin, to Kilroy. He has mentioned Kilroy's new novel to editors Peter Straus (Picador) and Neil Belton (Cape) - characterising both men, and encouraging him to send it to them.

Date:5 October 1994 Extent:2 pp

P103/473 Scope and Content:

Typescript note signed by novelist John Updike, Massachussetts (US), to Kilroy, regretting he cannot attend the George Moore celebration because of its timing in July. (Postal stamp provides date.)

Date:15 July 1989 Extent:2 items

P103/474 Scope and Content:

Printed card with handwritten good wishes from writer Michael [Viney] and Edna, [County Mayo]with drawing of a peregrine falcon and poem "Peregrine".

Date:undated Extent:1 p

P103/475 Scope and Content:

Holograph note from writer Niall Williams [ ], to Kilroy. Originally enclosing his play, grateful he will look at it - explaining it is owned by the Abbey, and that it deals largely with faith.

Date:1 June 2005 Extent:2 pp

4.1.1.1 Scripts and drafts from fellow writers (alphabetical, and by genre)

P103/476 Scope and Content:

Typed script of a three-act play by Henry Beissel, entitled Salvador (in English). With handwritten note "for Thomas Kilroy" from Beissel, Montréal, Canada.

Date:25 July 1973 Extent:76 pp

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Typescript copy of a novel by Declan Burke-Kennedy, entitled Leonie (241 pp) [as discussed in a letter 14 February 1995]. [Two ringbound volumes.]

Date:[1995] Extent:2 items

P103/478
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File of typescript draft collections of poetry by Gerald Dawe, some of them with short notes to Kilroy. Including collections later published, this contains: Heart of Hearts, The Morning Train, Selected Poems 1980-1995, Distraction, By Lake Geneva (2 copies), Points West - New and Selected Poems, Coast to Coast, Points West - New and Selected Poems, Travelling Light, Poems (undated, 207 pp, with handwritten notes by Kilroy).

Date:1998 - [ ] Extent:11 items

P103/479 Scope and Content:

Typescript [draft] short story by Nicholas Emmett, entitled "Who Inhabits the Shell". Listing an Oslo address for the author.

Date:undated Extent:8 pp

P103/480 Scope and Content:

Typescript [draft] one-act play by Tom Gallacher entitled Mr.Joyce is Leaving Paris. Listing a Dunbartonshire address for the author.

Date:undated Extent:57 pp

P103/481
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File of two photocopied poems by Seamus Heaney, entitled "Glanmore Sonnets" and "Ugolino".

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/482 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of a typed draft of Seamus Heaney's play The Cure at Troy, with handwritten corrections copied from the original.

Date:undated Extent:68 pp

P103/483 Scope and Content:

Typescript and ringbound memoir by Eugene Hearne entitled "The Windharp". Naming as agent Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, Dún Laoghaire.

Date:undated Extent:212 pp

P103/484 Scope and Content:

Typescript collection of poems by Fred Johnston, with a very few corrections by hand. All poems bear typed dedications, and "Colloque Sentimental" is dedicated by hand to Tom Kilroy. [Identification of author by a note attached to the texts.]

Date:undated Extent:c.65 pp

P103/485 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of typescript draft play by John McArdle entitled The Old Peasant Can Neither Be Damned Nor Glorified, with handwritten corrections copied from the original. On title cover, acknowledging influence from Patrick Kavanagh's "The Great Hunger". [Paginated.]

Date:undated Extent:133 pp

P103/486
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Photocopy of Eugene McCabe's play King of the Castle, as published by Gallery Press.

Date:1978 Extent:c.75 pp

P103/487
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Photocopy of typescript draft novel by John McGahern, entitled provisionally The Morans, beginning "as he weakened, Moran became afraid of his daughters". [Later: Amongst Women]

Date:undated Extent:260 pp

P103/488
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P103/ 446

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File of records relating to John McGahern's drama adaptation of Tolstoy's The Power of Darkness. Including two draft copies of the play, handwritten draft letter from Kilroy commenting on the play; Abbey Theatre programme of the 1991 production. [Drafts are paginated 1-83, 1-77.]

Date:1990-2009 Extent:4 items

P103/489
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P103/ 447

Scope and Content:

File of scripts of plays by Frank McGuinness, comprising Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching to the Somme, Innocence (2 versions), Gates of Gold, and Hecuba. Including also Gate Theatre programme for the 2002 premiere of Gates of Gold. [See correspondence with McGuinness for dating of Observe the Sons, Innocence, and for commentary.]

Date:2002 and undated Extent:6 items

P103/490 Scope and Content:

File of typed play scripts by Tom MacIntyre. Comprising Sauve Qui Peut (undated), Wildfire (dated 2000), Is the Taoiseach at Home (version August 2001), Don Murphy (with covering letter to Kilroy dated 10 June 2002).

Date:[ ] - 2002 Extent:5 items

P103/491 Scope and Content:

Typed copy of second draft of Conor McPherson's play Port Authority. Naming Curtis Brown as the author's literary agent. With post-it note from "B [Friel]". [Name supplied by Thomas Kilroy.]

Date:June 2000 Extent:55 pp

P103/492
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P103/ 452

Scope and Content:

File of typescript draft plays by Patrick Mason [al. Bernard Kelly]. Comprising The Man Who Sank the Titanic (2001 and 2008); The Art Master (2002 with inserts); The King's Man; The Dreaming of Roger Casement var. Casement (2004 with covering note from author, 2006, 2007). Listing author's literary agents as Simpson Fox Associates, London.

Date:2001-2008 Extent:8 items

P103/493
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P103/ 543

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File of plays by Aidan Matthews, entitled Trojans, St.Artaud, Walking Out Together, The Nativity Narratives. [See letter of 10 November 2006.]

Date:undated Extent:4 items

P103/494 Scope and Content:

Copy of typed screenplay by [David Mercer] entitled [The Cellar and the Almond Tree], divided into 53 scenes. [Marked by Kilroy as "unidentified - sent by agent". Produced by ITV 1967 - identification by Internet Movie Database. First page missing.]

Date:undated Extent:74 pp

P103/495
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P103/ 459

Scope and Content:

File of two typed play scripts by Tom Murphy, namely The Sanctuary Lamp; and The Blue Macushla. [No indications of when these were sent, but see letter of 22 May 1980 for commentary on The Blue Macushla.]

Date:undated Extent:2 items

P103/496
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P103/ 463

Scope and Content:

File of poetry (some drafts) by Desmond O'Grady, with one translation from the Italian. Including fragment of an early selection of poems (20 pp); a collection of new poems by O'Grady and other poets from a reading given in Rome [1959]; some poems with handwritten note "for Gerard Ryan" and naming O'Grady's address in Massachussetts [1963].

Date:[1959-1963] Extent:4 items

P103/497 Scope and Content:

Typescript [draft] play by Billy Roche entitled The Boker Poker Club. Listing a Wexford address for the author. Including stage directions stating "the play is set back in the early '70s in an angry small town somewhere in Ireland..."

Date:undated Extent:83 pp

P103/498 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding Ciarán Ruby's play Six by Sundown. Including mail correspondence, two drafts of the play, and the printed programme of the play as performed at the Callan Workhouse, August 2008, listing Thomas Kilroy as an advisor to the project.

Date:May - August 2008 Extent:5 items

P103/499 Scope and Content:

Copy "first typedraft" of the first part of a play by David Rudkin entitled Athdark and the Flood (The Saxon Shore). Listing literary agents M Ramsay, London, and also listing Field Day, Derry [unclear]. Handwritten note about a programme on BBC 2 on 27 May [1983].

Date:May 1983 Extent:69 pp

P103/500 Scope and Content:

Bound copy of James Saunders's play Hans Kohlhaas (adapted from Heinrich von Kleist). Listing literary agents Margaret Ramsay, London. Incorporating "Notes on the Play" and "production notes" (xv pp).

Date:undated Extent:94 pp

P103/501 Scope and Content:

Copy of typed screenplay by [Hugh Whitemore] entitled Unexpectedly vacant, divided into 2 parts and 35 scenes. (Marked by Kilroy as "unidentified - sent by agent".) [Produced by ITV 1967 - identification by Internet Movie Database.]

Date:undated Extent:77 pp

4.1.2 From theatre practitioners (non-business)

P103/502 Scope and Content:

Telefaxed letter from theatre director Richard Eyre, Royal National Theatre, London (UK), to Kilroy. Regretting he is wary of tackling Woyzeck at his theatre, though finding it "an extraordinary piece that somehow prefigures the whole of the 20th century".

Date:10 March 1995 Extent:1 p

P103/503
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P103/ 582

Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from actor Gabriel Fallon, Dublin, to Kilroy. Clearing up a misunderstanding; looking forward to reading his play, and encouraging him in his writing: "Don't be too hard on yourself. Take your time. Remember, we are already living in eternity."

Date:24 February 1959 Extent:1 p

P103/504 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from theatre director, broadcaster and academic Christopher Fitzsimon, Dublin, to Kilroy. Proposing a "performance" based on Swift's Lemuel Gulliver, to be written by Kilroy, and to tour Ireland; it was conceived by Fitzsimons and by David Collins, artistic director at the Project Arts Centre.

Date:25 December 1981 Extent:2 pp

P103/505 Scope and Content:

Holograph card from Garry Hynes [ ] to Kilroy; she will dispose of the play; hoping to meet in Dublin or Galway.

Date:24 August [2001] Extent:2 pp

P103/506 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from academic Marianne McDonald, Santa Fé (US), to Kilroy, grateful for his presence at the Field Day celebrations, and for "the feast of your plays - with their delicate prisms of ambiguity".

Date:25 November 1991 Extent:1 p

P103/507 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from theatre critic Emer O'Kelly, Dublin, to Kilroy, with congratulations for the University Review special edition - "tribute to the elegant and always delicate expression of a great talent...".

Date:24 June 2002 Extent:2 pp

P103/508 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from film director Michael Powell, Savile Club, London (UK) to Kilroy. Congratulating him on a stimulating article in the Times Literary Supplement; explaining his interest in Irish literature.

Date:30 April [ ] Extent:2 pp

P103/509 Scope and Content:

File of holograph letters from actor Stephen Rea, Derry and Dublin, to Kilroy. Offering praise and gratitude for Double Cross [1986]; wishing success with Henry and expressing deep regret he will not be able to take it on- hoping he will return to theatre; comments on acting and requisites for directors. On Henry, stating "as usual you have approached the theatre with the courage your contemporaries lack. The theatre needs to respond with similar abandon." (4 August 2005)

Date:8 June [1986] - 24 August 2005 Extent:3 items

P103/510
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P103/ 339

Scope and Content:

Holograph card from actor Alan [Rickman] [ ], to Kilroy, thankful for having spent time with "old Bracken and your wonderful script".

Date:undated [1986] Extent:1 p

P103/511 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from set designer Joe V[anek], Dublin, to Kilroy. Stating that Michael Caren still has the script; regarding the Abbey, he places his hopes in Fiach Mac[Congáil]. Mentioning his own work at IMMA, for Cois Céim Dance Theatre; upcoming adaptation of Rebecca by Frank McG[uinness].

Date:8 November 2004 Extent:2 pp

P103/512 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from agent Penny Wesson, London (UK), to Kilroy, promising to come back to him about unnamed project connected to Robert Cooper.

Date:18 January 1988 Extent:2 pp

P103/513
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P103/ 318-320

Scope and Content:

File of letters and cards from various theatre practitioners (alphabetically) to Kilroy, including simple greetings; congratulations on awards and plays; requests for contribution to exhibition, for support in seeking theatre posts; invitations to new productions; wider concerns in Irish arts. Including a copy letter from Kilroy to "Theresia" regarding an adaptation of Nestroy [P103/446-448]. Also including correspondence with Michael Diskin, Director of Cúirt (1994), and a letter from the Arts Council, signed by writer Mervyn Wall (1968). [With handwritten list of correspondents by Kilroy for easier identification of those not signing fully.]

Date:21 June 1989- 2 October 2008 Extent:21 items

4.1.3 From others

P103/514
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P103/ 649

Scope and Content:

File of letters from sculptor John Behan, Dublin and Galway, to Kilroy. Commenting on the state of the nation and of Irish arts; personal news; congratulations on the Irish University Review; invoice for Behan's bronze portrait of Kilroy. [There are no letters between May 1977 and August 2001.]

Date:13 July 1976- 17 February 2002 Extent:4 items

P103/515 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from film director Cathal Black, Dublin, to Kilroy, proposing that he submit a film script for the coming year's Arts Council award. Naming his own work on Wheels, based on a John McGahern story, and on Bob Quinn's film Poitín.

Date:17 July 1977 Extent:1 p

P103/516 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from painter Aoife [Feeney], Oughterard, County Galway, to Kilroy, in thanks for his support of her exhibition at The Rubicon Gallery.

Date:6 June 2006 Extent:1 p

P103/517
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P103/ 383-390

Scope and Content:

File for holograph letter and postcard from historian Roy Foster, London and Oxford, to Kilroy. Regretting he could not help with his Yeatsian project (1985); referring to his programme note for the play (1994) looking forward to seeing it on stage, and likewise to Quirke.

Date:19 December 1985- 28 February 1994 Extent:2 items

P103/518 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from Enda McEvoy, Sunday Independent, to Thomas Kilroy, UCG. Enclosing printed call for submission of memorials about Gaelic games in St.Kieran's College, Kilkenny. Reminding him of his hurling prowess in the 1953 Leinster colleges' final against Roscrea; asking about recollections.

Date:25 January 1998 Extent:2 items

P103/519 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from architect Frank McEvoy, Kilkenny, to Kilroy, grateful for his contributions to the festschrift in McEvoy's honour; some comments on the death of John McGahern, also a contributor.

Date:4 April 2006 Extent:2 pp

P103/520
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P103/ 658

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Typescript letter signed by Bob Quinn, editor of Force 10, Sligo, to Kilroy, asking for a contribution to the autumn issue, attaching a list of proposed contributions (satirical) - adding a note that Kilroy and Tom Murphy might write about the prevailing anti-intellectualism.

Date:17 March 1998 Extent:2 items

P103/521 Scope and Content:

File of letters from academic Christopher Murray, Dublin, to Kilroy. Arranging for or commenting on Kilroy's contributions to seminars, a Festschrift; discussing new writing. Commenting on Kilroy's works, especially The Madame McAdam Travelling Theatre (see 25 November 1991), Seagull (see 23 March 1994), The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde (see 26 January 1996). Also discussing McGahern's writing The Power of Darkness; Kilroy had been assisting him with this.

Date:29 October 1973 - 8 March 2009 Extent:13 items

4.2 Academic contacts
Date:1971-2009 Extent:2 items

P103/522
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P103/ 569

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence from academics (and three students) from institutions in Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America, India, and Japan, to Thomas Kilroy (and very few draft letters by Kilroy), regarding various instances of collaboration: references for past lecturerships (UCD and in US); course syllabi and reports (only Dartmouth College, 1976); invitations and arrangement of conferences, lectures; letters of regret where no lecturership is available; commenting on visits just past; invitations to write for inhouse journals; requests for biographical information; queries regarding translations of selected plays into Japanese, Italian. With reference to visiting lecturerships at Notre Dame (US); Dartmouth College (US), Montreal (Canada), Berkeley (US); conferences in Spain [organised by AEDAN], Austin (US), Graz (Austria), Birmingham (UK); Synge Summer School (Co.Wicklow). Including comment from Chairman of Department of English, Vanderbilt: "I regard him as the beau ideal of a visiting teacher-scholar" (9 April 1965); personal letter from Pat [Sheeran], about work at University of Austin, Texas (1988); letter from C.D.Narasimhaiah, The Literary Criterion Centre (Mysore, India), encouraging Kilroy to visit a few Indian universities because of the perceived neglect of Irish studies in the country: "it will be in the best interest of both India and Ireland" (25 September 1986). Also two stray items from UCG administration (1987-1988).

Date:9 May 1962 - 28 September 2008 (and undated) Extent:c.110items

P103/523 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and a number of programme directors and others at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), regarding various writing and other engagements with them; laying down parameters for writing radio plays. Correspondents include Robert Cooper, Roland Jacquarello, Including receipt for interview about the Field Day Theatre (November 1988), a breakdown of listening audiences for pitching a play (February 1995); invitation to write a play centred on the 1798 rebellion.

Date:October 1975- July 1997 Extent:14 items

4.3 Business (agents, theatres, broadcasters)
Date:1975-2008 Extent:13 items

P103/524 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and Charles Monteith, Frank [Pike] and others at the publishing house Faber and Faber Ltd, London, regarding general matters such as royalties. Also including letter of congratulations on the receipt of the RSL Heinemann Award (April 1972); a reference to Kilroy sending them Seamus Deane's "new collection" which they are considering (October 1975); looking forward to his new novel (October 1975).

Date:August 1969- October 1975 Extent:7 items

P103/525 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and Peter Fallon, at the publishing house The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, County Meath. Discussing matters regarding the publication of Kilroy's plays (where not contained in the respective files). Including a discussion of a compendium publication by Oberon which would damage The Gallery Press's sales (1-15 November 1999); congratulations on the personal award, 2004 [Lifetime Achievement, Irish Times / ESB Theatre Award]. ith reference also to a piece not eventually published, The Woman Who Loved Hotels (24 March 1993).

Date:October 1981- August 2009 Extent:34 items

P103/526 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and Lucy Kroll of Lucy Kroll Agency, New York (US), and also other agents and solicitors working on his behalf, regarding Kroll's agency for performance and publication of his plays in the United States of America (where not contained in the respective files). Including discussion of performance rights, royalties, some feedback for plays sent to them. [There is no correspondence here from 1970-1981; Kilroy terminates his contract in May 1981.]

Date:June 1968 - May 1981 (and undated) Extent:14 items

P103/527 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various directors at publishing house Methuen, London (UK), regarding their publications of his work (where not contained in the respective files), and an introduction commissioned for Ben Kiely's The Captain With The Whiskers (2004).

Date:July 1992-June 2003 Extent:3 items

P103/528 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from Geraldine Cook, literary editor, at publishing house Penguin Books Ltd, London (UK), to Thomas Kilroy, stating in reply that they will be very interested in reading any plays he might send, as well as a novel he is working on at the moment. [Other correspondence with Penguin Books is contained in the files relevant to specific novels and plays.]

Date:22 June 1990 Extent:2 pp

P103/529 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, Dónall Farmer and other producers at the Irish broadcaster, Ráidió Teilifis Éireann, Dublin, regarding various pieces of writing for television by Kilroy (where not contained in the respective files). Including invitation to contribute to a documentary on the Irish Novel (13 August 1975); to write an episode of The Riordans (4 May 1977); payment for an hour-long television script entitled The Black Joker (22 January 1981). Also including private letter from Tommie Gorman (undated).

Date:June -1973 January 1981 Extent:7 items

P103/530 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and his literary (drama) agents at Margaret Ramsay Ltd, London (UK), their successors Casarotto Ramsay Ltd, and solicitors and other agents working on Kilroy's behalf, regarding their management of performances or publication of his plays and sometimes prose, and literary advice (where such letters are not contained in the respective files). Most correspondence is either from Margaret ("Peggy") Ramsay, or Tom Erhardt. Besides business matters, offering feedback on his work, e.g. On the novel Fall from Grace, and general observations on writing plays, writing for television, on literary figures and on other agents. Margaret Ramsay commenting on "success": "Beckett survived because he had to live with nothing, and nobody, for so [long], that he is touched by neither. This is important - there is still death at the other end; and life is sweet, but terrible."(4 November 1968)

Date:February 1966 - August 2002 Extent:41 items

P103/531 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and Jim Nolan, and others, at Red Kettle Theatre Company, Waterford, regarding collaboration (where such letters are not contained in the respective files). Referring to a play they hope to commission from Kilroy; entitled Metal (30 January 1996) but seemingly not realised. Also inviting him to write a 15-minute play for the company's 20th anniversary in 2005 (14 August 2004).

Date:May 1994- May 2004 Extent:9 items

P103/532 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Lynne Parker, Rough Magic Theatre Company, Dublin, to Thomas Kilroy, referring to an event at The Gate [Theatre] and inviting him to see their production at the Project [Arts Centre].

Date:1 May 2002 Extent:1 p

P103/533 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and The English Stage Company Ltd (The Royal Court Theatre), London (UK), regarding future collaboration (where such letters are not contained in the respective files). Referring to a commission planned for a piece entitled Callan (21 October 1987 and undated); informing him of their new financial sponsorship plan; enclosing excerpt from Howard Brenton Hot Irons- Diaries, Essays, Journalims [London, 1995].

Date:October 1987 - [1995] Extent:7 items

P103/534 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and his literary (prose) agents Anthony Sheil Associates Ltd, London (UK), their successors Sheil Land Ltd, their representatives Wallace, Aitken and Sheil Inc (US), and solicitors and other agents working on Kilroy's behalf, regarding the publication and other placement of his prose writings, particularly the novels The Big Chapel, Angela, and Quirke. Including a letter in reply, inviting Tom McIntyre to send his work to them (4 July 1975); references to his book on the Irish playwrights which Faber (UK) and DRG Publishers (US) are interested in (1981); Kilroy's project to write a screenplay of David Thompson's Woodbrook (16 November 1994). (Sheil Associates took over the agency for Kilroy from Christy and Moore Ltd. Kilroy terminates the contract with them in April 1996.)

Date:February 1972- April 1996 Extent:28 items

P103/535 Scope and Content:

File of business correspondence with various other companies engaged in publication, film production, lecture series. Including six separate enquiries for biographical entries into compilations such as the Contemporary Dramatists book (St.James Press), the International Authors and Writers Who's Who (Melrose Press, Ely), and others. Also including reference by Secker and Warburg publishers, London, to a publication entitled 32 Counties that Kilroy contributed to (August 1988, April 1989); letter from Gerry Colgan asking Kilroy's support in gaining an honorary degree for Phyllis Ryan (6 May 1991); arrangements for Kilroy to deliver a lecture for NUI Maynooth in Kilkenny (4 March 2001).

Date:December 1988- June 2008 (and undated) Extent:19 items

5 CLOSED

6 Abbey Theatre
Date:1975-2009 Extent:7 items

6.1 Literary Editorship, Writer-in-Association

P103/546 Scope and Content:

File of records deriving from Thomas Kilroy's tenure as reader, and subsequently as Play Editor at The National Theatre Society Ltd (The Abbey Theatre), [1976] and Play Editor December 1977 - July 1978. Comprising correspondence from directors Tomás Mac Anna, Joe Dowling, from hopeful playwrights including John Boyd, Tony Brown, Pat Maddox, David Hayes, Daniel P.Stokes, Patricia Reid, Brian Friel; correspondence and reports regarding planning meetings chaired by Artistic Director Joe Dowling; lists of plays under consideration; reports on specific plays, written by readers employed by the Abbey, including Kilroy, Jim O'Malley, Catherine Swift, Kevin Casey (including report by Joe Dowling on Brian Friel's Aristocrats, 16 June 1978). Including letters from Mac Anna and Kilroy describing the responsibilities involved in the post: Kilroy offering general observations on the theatre, e.g. that the Abbey's "relationship with contemporary writers has not always been a happy one though founded by writers as a writers' theatre" (8 July 1978). Also including a three-year artistic policy for the theatre by Tom Murphy (April 1975- filed 7 April 1978); correspondence between Mac Anna, Hugh Leonard, and Kilroy, documenting an altercation about Kilroy's nomination for the post.

Date:24 April 1975- 1 September 1978 (and undated) Extent:61 items

P103/547 Scope and Content:

Correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various managers at The National Theatre Society Ltd. (The Abbey Theatre), including Patrick Mason (Artistic Director), Martin Fahy (General Manager), Judy Friel (Literary Manager), all deriving from his time as writer-in-association, 1 May 1998 - 30 April 1999. Including a letter of confirmation setting down the terms for the post as sponsored by the Anglo Irish Bank (25 June 1998); requests for advice regarding the Abbey stage and relevant plays; invitations for a New Playwrighting Workshop to be hosted by Kilroy in December 1998.

Date:25 June - 15 October 1998 Extent:7 items

6.2 Other business

P103/548 Scope and Content:

File of records regarding a petition supporting the development of The Abbey Theatre in its present location (against plans of relocating it), prepared by Thomas Kilroy and Brian Friel and published in the Irish Press on 14 May. Comprising original letters sent to writers associated with the Abbey (with a list of c.70 names); 25 signatures returned by writers; covering letters from writers, with further comment - mostly positive- on the value of the enterprise. Including signatures from Sebastian Barry, Pat McCabe, John McGahern, Tom MacIntyre, Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Edna O'Brien. Comments from Ulick [O'Connor], Dermot Bolger, John Banville (regretting that conflicting interests do not allow him to sign); Bernard Farrell offering that "the docklands option is a nightmare - the prospect of the Abbey leaving its home to become a tenant in some tax-break mausoleum is unthinkable". Also including official response from the Office of the Taoiseach assuring Kilroy of Taoiseach's full support of the National Theatre and the "possibility of considering the transformation of the Abbey as a millennial project" ([ ] July 1997).

Date:4 May - 15 August 1997 Extent:53 items

P103/549
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P103/ 60, 65, 84, 98, 114, 165, 219, 228, 240, 255, 312

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and various directors, managers, board members at The National Theatre Society Ltd (The Abbey Theatre) such as Joe Dowling, Ben Barnes, Fiach Mac Conghail, Garry Hynes, Patrick Mason, Augustine Martin. Regarding Kilroy's dramatical work for the Abbey (where such letters are not contained in the respective play files); his other contributions to the theatre, and discussions of wider concerns of the Abbey. Including a letter from Ben Barnes, with a dossier of press items, regarding a controversy surrounding his becoming Artistic Director (15 March 2000). Also including correspondence discussing the budget for Tom MacIntyre's Bearded Lady and the difficult question of commercial sponsorship (29 September 1980 and 21 September 1984); letter from Kilroy to Garry Hynes, Artistic Director, regretting he cannot take a post offered to him, but offering other assistance (29 January 1991); letter from Barnes to Helen Mirren, offering her the leading role in The Seagull (2 May 2000); Barnes's change of mind over Christ Deliver Us! (5 February - 2 March 2001); correspondence about Kilroy's participation in panel discussions (December 2001 and January 2004); detailed criticism of Blake by Aideen Howerd, Literary Director (22 March 2006); offer of the Abbey Gradam (15 February 2007). Also including a letter from Edna Longley, Queen's College (Belfast), inviting Kilroy to give a talk - connection with Abbey unclear, but handwritten note by Kilroy mentions "Molloy, Abbey" (22 March 1978).

Date:22 March 1978- 20 March 2007 Extent:45 items

P103/550 Scope and Content:

File of press cuttings and excerpts collected by Thomas Kilroy, for their interest regarding The Abbey Theatre. Including an article by Kilroy in Fortnight entitled "Don't worry, be Abbey" (February 1995); a draft article [for the press] by Adrian Frazier, entitled "Questions that never go away - The Abbey 1904-1914, 2004 and after" (3 October 2004).

Date:February 1995- 2 July 2009 Extent:6 items

P103/551 Scope and Content:

File of administrational records published or compiled by management of The National Theatre Society Ltd (The Abbey Theatre), documenting its work. Including reports, such as a "Statement of Needs", issued by Artistic Director Patrick Mason (1995), and a 3-year review (2006-2008); including also a list compiled by the National Theatre Archives of all plays produced by the Abbey, and its predecessors the Irish Literary Theatre and the INTS, from 1899 to 2000.

Date:December 1995- December 2008 Extent:4 items

P103/552 Scope and Content:

File of printed programmes, fliers and posters from theatre productions by The Abbey Theatre, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Including material from Tom MacIntyre's The Great Hunger (1983), Hugh Leonard's Moving (1992), J.M.Synge's The Playboy of the Western World (2004), Bertold Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2008). (The majority date from 2000 onwards.)

Date:9 May 1983- 7 February 2009 Extent:21 items

2.16 Various projects for the stage (not produced)
Date:undated Extent:6 items

7 The Field Day Theatre Company
Date:1988-2006 Extent:15 items

7.1 Correspondence

P103/553
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P103/ 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, coinciding with (and slightly preceding) his appointment to the board. Most of the material was circulated among board members, comprising some of the bi-monthly bulletins of the Company and correspondence from other board members, like Brian Friel, David Hammond; discussing the Company's finances, organising and reviewing a meeting (27/28 May, with satirical minutes by Seamus Deane); from third parties, such as The Arts Council (and the Northern Ireland equivalent), the Office of the Taoiseach, the American Ireland Fund, Derry City Council. Discussion points regard mainly funding of the Making History tour, of the Anthology of Irish Writing; a television show about the tour to be made by London Weekend Television (for the South Bank Arts Show) and a documentary for BBC2 (Arena), as well as the move of the Company to the Foyle Arts Centre. Also including an exchange between George O'Brien (English Department, Georgetown University, Washington DC), Thomas Kilroy and other board members, about a proposed Field Day Summer School, possibly to start in 1989, with Kilroy pointing to the need for a new departure in choosing its theme (26 February - 30 May).

Date:26 February - 31 July 1988 Extent:37 items

P103/554
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P103/ 563, 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing financing and sponsorship for all aspects of their work (with end-of-year financial report); sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; the development of the Anthology of Irish Writing; the Making History tour (September-November)- including a dossier of copied press cuttings with reviews; publishing the fifth Field Day pamphlet (9 December); organising and reviewing meetings (12 August, 11 December); organising an evening of literature and music at the South Bank Centre, London ("Narratives" 10 December). Including a letter from Séamus Deane to Andrew [Carpenter] about their joint editorial of the Anthology; a handout entitled "a network of on-stage and off-stage signs" (about Brian Friel's Translations, undated); financial account of 1988; also a handwritten profile of Brian Friel by Kilroy entitled "Conversations" (undated). Both of Séamus Deane's minutes for the August and December meetings are in rhyming couplets: "these are the minutes, accurate, concise, rhymed and perfect, rhythmic, nice" (12 August).

Date:4 August - 31 December 1988 (and undated) Extent:44 items

P103/555
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P103/ 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing financing and sponsorship for all aspects of their work (including letters from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the American Ireland Fund); sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; the development of publishing the Anthology of Irish Writing (letter from Faber and Faber, 9 March); reviewing the Making History tour (including a publicity report); organising and reviewing meeting (11 May); organising the Field Day summer school; organising a reading by Séamus Heaney "Yeats- A fifty-year salute" (Derry, 28 January). Including a profile of Stephen Rea by Alex Renton (January, Illustrated London News); a memorandum by Brian Friel recommending a new policy of employing Irish staff (23 January); a letter from Nick Hern Books, regretting they cannot take on Kilroy's oeuvre (2 February); a letter from board member David Hammond referring to a film proposal by Kilroy based on [George] Moore (26 May); letter from Scottish cultural initiative From The Edge, director Kevin Anderson, outlining their scope and proposing collaboration (16 June).

Date:3 January - 16 June 1989 (and undated) Extent:40 items

P103/556
See Also

P103/ 563, 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing financing and sponsorship for all aspects of their work (with end-of-year financial report); sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; the development of publishing the Anthology of Irish Writing; planning a tour of G.B.Shaw's Androcles and the Lion; organising a tour of Terry Eagleton's Saint Oscar (September - November); organising and reviewing meeting (17 September); liaising with Northland Film Productions Ltd over a television series based on the Anthology. Including a memorandum from a committee of the Derry City Council, regarding the development of theatre (6 July) and a document from Field Day on the same point (undated); letter from Field Day asking Kilroy to consider a script by Dolores Walshe (27 October); financial account of 1989. Also including a letter from Brian Friel to Stephen [Rea], explaining why he will step back a little from Field Day activities - "much of my energy just now is spent wrestling with the ridiculous suggestion that I won't go on forever" (31 July).

Date:3 July - 31 December 1989 (and undated) Extent:32 items

P103/557
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P103/ 563, 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing financing and sponsorship for all aspects of their work; sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; the development of publishing the Anthology of Irish Writing (see e.g.letter from their distributors Faber and Faber 23 April); organising and reviewing meetings (5 January, 24 June); transferring Saint Oscar to the UK (March - April) for televising it; planning towards an International Workshop Festival and a Derry City Council International Festival; organising a tour of Séamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy (October - December). Including a letter from the new administrator, Gary McKeone, referring to current plans for expansion, such as having a three-play season ([ ] May); proposal from Ulick O'Connor to have a one-man show on the theme of Bloody Sunday (1 May).

Date:5 January -24 June 1990 Extent:26 items

P103/558
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P103/ 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing finances and sponsorship; publishing and theatre activities of Field Day (e.g. Proposals Seamus Deane 13 November; Brian Friel 18 November); organising meeting (7 December); organising the tour of Seamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy (October-December, including dossier of 12 press reviews). Including letter from Brian Friel registering critique of practice of using so many English people in their productions (20 November); letter from Kilroy attaching his unsuccessful proposal for a film to the BBC, entitled Haw Haw (23 November); proposal by David Hammond/ Flying Fox to produce television films based on Dubliners, for the BBC (undated); financial account of 1990. Also including contract between Field Day and editor Seamus Deane, on the compilation of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (undated and possibly earlier than 1990).

Date:2 October - 31 December 1990 (and undated) Extent:20 items

P103/559
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P103/ 565-566

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing finances and sponsorship; publishing and theatre activities of Field Day; the development of the Anthology of Irish Writing; sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; reviewing the tour of The Cure at Troy (including dossier of 21 press reviews); discussing the proposed film of Dubliners (see letters from Derek Mahon, David Hammond, 6 February and 21 May) and a proposal for a film on Hugh O'Neill (see Kilroy's proposal, 21 May); organising a tour of Kilroy's The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre; discussing a script by Donal Kelly; organising meetings (20 January, 13 April- latter with Seamus Deane's satirical minutes).

Date:10 January - 30 June 1991 Extent:27 items

P103/560
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P103/ 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing finances and sponsorship; final arrangements for printing and launching the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing; sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; organising and reviewing Kilroy's The Madame MacAdam Travelling Theatre (September - October); organising launch of Field Day publication Revising the Rising (2 December); organising meeting (27/28 December). Including copy of a letter from Arthur Miller to Brian Friel, regretting he cannot undertake to write a screenplay of The Crucible (11 July); report, press reviews and correspondence analysing the tour of Kilroy's play; submission from Séamus Deane on the reception and future of the Anthology (27/28 December); proposal and comments by David Hammond regarding film Dubliners [December]; handwritten notes by Kilroy with proposals for the development of Field Day (undated).

Date:1 July - 28 December 1991 (and undated) Extent:46 items

P103/561
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P103/ 565

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. Discussing finances and sponsorship; reviewing the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (including dossier of 24 items on finances); sharing press reports on aspects of Field Day; organising meeting (10/11 January); working towards the Seville Expo and the 1992-Field Day School; planning for production of Donal Kelly's play [Dogs]. Including copy of a flyer from the London Irish Womens' Centre "Picket the New Anthology of Irish Writing" (undated). Also including correspondence with the Derry City Council and other documents regarding a proposed "theatre centre" for Northern Ireland, with a report by Basil Deane (undated), and a dossier of correspondence sent to Kilroy by Brian Friel, containing letters from theatre practitioners in support of a Derry base for the centre (27 February- with letters from The Gate Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Frank McGuinness, and others).

Date:5 January - 28 February 1992 Extent:34 items

P103/562
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P103/ 565-566

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy and administrators and other board members of the Field Day Theatre Company, Derry, mostly of documents circulated among members. This marks the end of Kilroy's board membership (see draft letter of resignation [April]). Discussing finances and sponsorship; organising meeting (14 March). Including letter from administrator Gary McKeone about serious flaws in the organisation of the office, and problems ahead because of Field Day's changing image (9 March); submission from board members on the reception and future of the Anthology in preparation of a public statement [March]; dossier of correspondence between Donal O'Kelly, Kilroy and other board members with commentary on his play The Dogs and Field Day's aborted plan to produce it (13 January-31 March). Also including a letter from Brian Friel to Noel [ ], chairman Abbey Theatre, regretting that Gary Hynes could not support Derry in the question of the Theatre Centre for Northern Ireland (9 April).

Date:2 March -10 September 1992 (March-November 1994) Extent:43 items

7.2 Work produced by Field Day, work in consideration

P103/563
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P103/ 554, 556-558

Scope and Content:

File of documents centering on the fifth Field Day Publication with essays by Terry Eagleton, Frederic J.Jameson, Edward Said, entitled Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature (Derry 1988). Comprising copies of [draft] parts of the book (see letter of 19 August 1988), some with handwritten comments; dossier of 16 press reviews.

Date:[August] 1988- May 1989 Extent:6 items

P103/564
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P103/ 555-556

Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Terry Eagleton's play Saint Oscar, produced by the Field Day Theatre Company (touring 22 September - 25 November). Comprising a full text (photocopy) with a handwritten dedication from the author to Tom [Kilroy]; theatre programme; review in Theatre Ireland (undated).

Date:[September - November 1989] Extent:3 items

P103/565
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P103/ 553-563

Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry, 1991), as circulated among board members. Comprising drafts and galley proofs of front matter, advertisement brochure, press reviews (17 titles, 20 November 1991-3 February 1992). (For correspondence about this publication see files above.)

Date:[1990]- 3 February 1992 Extent:6 items

P103/566
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P103/ 559, 562

Scope and Content:

File of copies of printed and draft plays and poetry in circulation among the Field Day Theatre Company board of directors, but not consequently produced by Field Day. Including works by Tom Paulin, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, [ ] (a two-act play on the Táin Bó Cuailgne), Derek Mahon, Sophocles (translation by John Lavery), Donal O'Kelly (see correspondence with the author in March 1992).

Date:25 May 1990 -[ ] 1992 Extent:6 items

7.3 Other collected material on Field Day

P103/567 Scope and Content:

File of documents, including press reviews, interview and essays, collected by Thomas Kilroy for their interest regarding the Field Day Theatre Company. Including an essay by Seamus Deane entitled "Field Day's Greeks (and Russians)" (undated); draft interview with Thomas Kilroy [by Jon Curley, Massachussets] about his board membership (21 May 1996); poster for a lecture by Carmen Szabo on Kilroy and Field Day (11 April 2005) as sent by Brian Friel.

Date:[1986] - 11 October 2006 Extent:7 items

8 Documents for a personal biography
Date:1955-2004 Extent:63 items

8.1 Academic: UCD studies, lectures, conferences and exhibitions

8.1.1 UCD

8.1.1.1 Studies in English

P103/568 Scope and Content:

File of research notes and essay by Thomas Kilroy, pertaining to studies at UCD for a Master of Art-degree. Including notebooks with lecture and literary research notes; copy typescript M.A.essay (42 pp) entitled "Satirical elements in the prose of Thomas Nashe".

Date:September 1959 Extent:3 items

P103/569
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P103/ 522

Scope and Content:

File of two references from Professors of English T.P.Dunning and J.J.Hogan, UCD, for Thomas Kilroy. Stating his achievements as undergraduate and postgraduate (1953-1956) and postgraduate (H.Dip.Education 1957; MA 1959); attesting to interest, intelligence, and ability. T.P.Dunning: "his interest in literature is clearly genuine and well-informed, and his flair for expression conspicuous: I feel he may go far in the literary field if he perseveres, as I think he will" (undated).

Date:[ ] and 27 Feburary 1962

8.1.1.2 Dramatic Society and English Literature Society

P103/570 Scope and Content:

Typescript playbill from the UCD Dramatic Society, with listings for productions of Michael Sweetman's Whether to Dine and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (adapted by Augustine Martin). Listing Thomas Kilroy as producer, and cast as "Candy" for Of Mice and Men. Containing signatures by some of the cast, and of "Gus Martin".

Date:10-11 February 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/571 Scope and Content:

File of typescript notices from the English Literature Society, UCD, for ordinary and special meetings of the Society, always featuring a guest speaker or more. Including "the first meeting" (26 October), and "the inaugural meeting" (6 March), the latter with Thomas Kilroy, auditor, reading a paper "The Angry Cloth", and guest speakers including Benedict Kiely, Denis Donoghue.

Date:26 October [1955] - 6 March [1956] Extent:4 items

P103/572 Scope and Content:

Typescript copies of an essay (7 pp) by Tom Kilroy entitled "The angry cloth in American fiction". Discussing contemporary US fiction, pursuing the argument that the common protagonist "is an anxious and angry one. He is the heir of a wealthy system, which proves a responsible and exacting burden" (p.7). [Paginated.]

Date:[1956] Extent:2 items

P103/573 Scope and Content:

Typescript address for the English Literature Society, UCD, entitled "Where all the Ladders Start", and to be read by the Auditor Thomas Augustine Martin; handwritten corrections. Discussing modern verse drama, and poets Yeats and Eliot in particular. Listing as chairman the President of the Society, Professor J.J.Hogan.

Date:1 March 1957 Extent:17 pp

P103/574 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Denis Johnston, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, to Mr.Kilroy, apologising for having mislaid their invitation; asking them to repeat it to him. He would be delighted to come - "I enjoy visits to your College (and) the astringent witty malice of so many of the meetings I have been at".

Date:undated Extent:3 pp

P103/575 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from J.C.Murray, Ballsbridge, Dublin, to Mr.Kilroy, apologising that his age will not permit him to attend the literary function he was invited to in such flattering terms.

Date:29 September 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/576 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Seumas O'Sullivan, Morehampton Road (Dublin), to Mr.Kilroy, regretting he cannot avail himself of the honour to attend the meeting.

Date:30 September 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/577 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Harriet Waugh, North Dursley, Gloucestershire (England), to "dear Sir" [Thomas Kilroy], writing on behalf of her father [Evelyn] and regretting that his condition makes it impossible he accept their invitation to Dublin. "No hopes of his recovery can be entertained."

Date:30 September 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/578 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Mary B.Moran, Irish Writing, Rathmines, Dublin, to Mr.Kilroy, regretting on behalf of the editor S.J. White that he is abroad and cannot speak to the Society.

Date:25 October 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/579 Scope and Content:

Holograph postcard from Denis Johnston, Dublin, to Thomas Kilroy Esq, agreeing to the date of 7 December. Picture side has a black and white photograph of a [late antique "tempietto", likely in Italy] with handwritten subscript by Johnston "new Gaiety Theatre (under reconstruction)".

Date:26 October 1955 Extent:2 pp

P103/580
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P103/ 437

Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Ben Kiely,The Irish Press, Dublin, to Mr.Kilroy, regretting that the date is too soon for him to be able to prepare a talk; asking him to call him by phone.

Date:30 October [1955] Extent:1 p

P103/581 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Peter Connolly, Maynooth, to Thomas Kilroy, agreeing to attend on Saturday, but hoping to keep his role small; he will contact T.P. Dunning about it.

Date:10 November 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/582
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P103/ 503

Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Gabriel Fallon, Whitworth Road, Dublin, to Mr.Kilroy, in thanks for his letter, and referring to Kilroy's and another's contributions at the "L.and H.". Agreeing to talk at the Society; stipulating a date late in the term.

Date:22 January 1955 Extent:1 p

P103/583 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed by Graham Greene, London, to Mr.Kilroy: "I should always be charmed to have a drink with you in an Irish bar, but I am afraid I always have to refuse invitations to speak. Speaking is too unpleasant for me and in one's middle years one seeks comfort."

Date:2 February 1956 Extent:1 p

P103/584 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed J.B.Priestley, Albany (London), to Mr.Kilroy. In thanks for the invitation, but refusing because it would spell an "unreasonable" demand on his time, and because "I happen to know a good deal more about American fiction than you do because it has always been a special study of mine..."

Date:13 February 1956 Extent:1 p

P103/585 Scope and Content:

Holograph letter from Walter Macken, Oughterard, County Galway, to Mr.Kilroy, regretting he cannot oblige them on 6 March, and adding that due to his limited knowledge of American fiction "you won't miss much".

Date:17 February 1956 Extent:1 p

P103/586 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter signed Valerie Fletcher, Secretary to Mr.[T.S.] Eliot, Faber and Faber Limited, London, to Thomas Kilroy Esq. While Mr.Eliot is honoured by their invitation he will not be able to travel until he goes to the US in April.

Date:17 February 1956 Extent:1 p

P103/587 Scope and Content:

Typescript letter from Joyce Cary, Oxford, to Mr.Kilroy, regretting that the journey would be impossible for health reasons.

Date:20 February 1956 Extent:1 p

P103/588 Scope and Content:

File of letters signed L.A.G.Strong, Frensham, Surrey (England), to Mr.Kilroy, regretting he cannot come, nor does he know of an American writer they might otherwise ask. Adding that although a literary reviewer for twenty-five years he would not feel competent commenting on social and national consciousness in contemporary American fiction.

Date:1 - 21 February 1956 Extent:2 items

8.1.1.3 Collection of "The Student"

P103/589 Scope and Content:

Printed copies of The Student - a magazine of university life, published at University College Dublin, with Thomas Kilroy as sub-editor in November 1955, editor December 1955, sub-editor November/December 1956 and March 1957. Issue of November/December 1956 contains some conferring photographs.

Date:November 1955-March 1957 Extent:7 items

8.1.2 Lecture notes

P103/590
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P103/ 29

Scope and Content:

File of notes and documents (typescript and handwritten) pertaining to lectures on drama, given by Thomas Kilroy. Notes begin with Aristotle's poetics and other antique writers, but reach through to the 19th century. Most of these only constitute 1-2 pp; most extensive is a 12-pp set of notes on late Victorian drama.

Date:undated Extent:c.30 items

P103/591 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures on Shakespearean drama, given by Thomas Kilroy. With general notes, and a more substantial accumulation of notes on the plays Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest. The most extensive set of notes (7 pp) is entitled "The Tempest - first lecture BA general". Including a typed booklist for a course on Shakespeare's Comedies at Peabody College, in 1965.

Date:(1965) undated Extent:c.55 items

P103/592 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and photocopied (printed) documents pertaining to lectures on Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists and poets, given by Thomas Kilroy. Only 10 of these count more than 5 pages, including a continuous text entitled "Marston - Q[uestion] of Satire". ncluding examination questions on drama (second year, unspecified institution).

Date:undated Extent:c.90 items

P103/593 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures on Restoration and 18th-century drama, given by Thomas Kilroy. Most of these only constitute 1-2 pp; most extensive is a set of notes (4 pp) on Etherege's The Man of Mode.

Date:undated Extent:50 items

P103/594 Scope and Content:

File of documents pertaining to lectures on W.B.Yeats's drama [and poetry], given by Thomas Kilroy. All are short notes, of up to 2pp; very little continuous text. Also including a list of Yeats's plays with synopses (undated) compiled by "R.Bower", and fragmentary photocopied pages from literary criticism on Yeats.

Date:undated Extent:16 items

P103/595 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and typed/ printed documents pertaining to lectures [and essays] on J.M. Synge, by Thomas Kilroy. Mostly short notes of up to 2 pages. Most extensive is a notebook (10 pp) with continuous text, marked by Kilroy as "notes/essay on Synge and outline for book?", and with a fragmentary typed copy of it.

Date:undated Extent:9 items

P103/596 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten and photocopied documents pertaining to lectures about Sean O'Casey, by Thomas Kilroy. Mostly short notes, but including a draft lecture (7 pp); the bulk is taken up by a photocopy of O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars.

Date:undated Extent:7 items

P103/597 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures about George Bernard Shaw, by Thomas Kilroy. All are short notes, of up to 2pp; some continuous text about Heartbreak House.

Date:undated Extent:12 items

P103/598 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures about Samuel Beckett's drama and novels, by Thomas Kilroy. Mostly short notes, but including a draft lecture (6 pp) that begins: "[I] begin with the familiar idea of progress in Beck[ett]s fiction...".

Date:undated Extent:16 items

P103/599 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures about Anglo-Irish, and Irish writing and drama, by Thomas Kilroy. Mostly short notes, but circa 7 extend over 3 pp. Also including reading list for an M.A. In Anglo-Irish studies (undated).

Date:undated Extent:c.35 items

P103/600 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures about modern British drama, and modern drama in general (non-Irish), and few notes about modern poetry, by Thomas Kilroy. Notes on T.S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and Eugene O'Neill, stand out, but notes only extend to 1-2 pp. Also including 8 typescript documents with reading lists or examination papers (some dateable to Kilroy's professorship at UCG).

Date:(1983-1988) undated Extent:26 items

P103/601 Scope and Content:

File of handwritten notes pertaining to lectures about the novel, in particular the British and American 19th-century novel. Special emphasis on Charles Dickens. C. 10 of these contain more than 3 pp.

Date:undated Extent:c. 40 items

8.1.3 Conferences, Exhibitions, Prize-Givings, and Academic, Exchange

P103/602 Scope and Content:

File of documents (mostly photocopies) regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in the exhibition "Forty Shades of Green: the Irish Republic", held in New York and Boston, and produced by Hallmark Gallery, New York. Including dossier of press cuttings, photographs of the exhibition, comments on Ulick O'Connor's detracting press article. Details show that a literary section contained material on Thomas Kilroy's work.

Date:18 July 1973 Extent:13 items

P103/603 Scope and Content:

File of copy correspondence from the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Dublin, for Thomas Kilroy, inviting him to contribute to an exposition of the Irish arts and culture in London (February/March 1980), by offering new drama material to a London theatre. Enclosing list of events scheduled, and possible theatre venues.

Date:23 July 1979 Extent:4 items

P103/604 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence between Thomas Kilroy, English Department, Diarmuid ó Cearbhaill, Faculty of Commerce, University College Galway, with members of the faculties of English, and Social and Economic Sciences, Bamberg University, Germany, and with the German academic exchange organisation DAAD; discussing new scheme of academic exchange between the two universities, and applying for funding from the DAAD. Testifying to a first month-long visit by Kilroy to Bamberg, involving guest lectures elsewhere, and a plan for return visits by English and Commerce staff from Bamberg to Galway.

Date:11 January 1983- 8 January 1985 (and undated) Extent:32 items

P103/605 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and annual reports regarding Thomas Kilroy's residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, in February 1986. Including his project proposal (undated), entitled "Angela Falling From Grace, a novel-in-progress". Otherwise containing housekeeping notices, a letter in reply to Kilroy's report on his residency, annual reports from 1889, 1991.

Date:[13 February] - 26 September 1986 (1989, 1991) Extent:6 items

P103/606 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in the International Writers' Conference, Dublin (14-16 June); including correspondence; itinerary; conference programme listing Kilroy's session for 16 June. Also including an appreciative letter from George Hughes, Tokyo: "we have got used to the kind of lecturer who assumes that an audience in Japan is intellectually stuck in the 1900s, so it was a welcome surprise to be jolted out of our seats by your readings..." (23 November 1988).

Date:4 May - 16 June 1988 Extent:12 items

P103/607 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (Japan) conference in Kyoto (29-30 October), and preceding lecture tour in various Japanese cities. Including correspondence; schedule of lectures; a photograph of Kilroy and three others (unidentified), The Harp newsletter; Kabuki Theatre programme.

Date:25 May - 31 October 1988 Extent:24 items

P103/608 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy and John McGahern's prose writing class at Lumb Bank (West Yorkshire, UK). Including notes to tutors, programmes for the year, and a letter from course participant Alfred Raphael, London (UK), in thanks for the course, and with a contact address for information on the East End Jewry, in London.

Date:[22-27 May] Extent:5 items

P103/609 Scope and Content:

Entry form for the First International Colloquium of Screenplay Literature, Brussels, filled in for Thomas Kilroy, proposing the paper "Language and Visual Images on the Stage".

Date:19-21 January 1989 Extent:1 p

P103/610 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in the programme Les Belles Etrangeres: Irlande, held in Paris, Lyons, and other locations in France, and featuring major Irish writers. Including correspondence; excerpts from work that Kilroy proposes to use (from Angela, Big Chapel); French excerpt from Talbot's Box; programmes, invites, fliers; press cuttings discussing the programme. Also including two unrelated programmes from cultural institutions in Paris and Lyons.

Date:14 June - [9] December 1989 Extent:17 items

P103/611 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy acting as judge on the panel of the European Community Literary Prizes. Containing correspondence circulated to judges and one reply from Kilroy; schedules and minutes; assessments of entrants by five other judges; two sets of notes (by "Rowena", and unsigned) helping Kilroy with judging two of the non-English entrants. Also including unrelated programme of The Royal Court Theatre, London.

Date:26 March - 5 October 1990 Extent:22 items

P103/612 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in a conference held at Reims, France, Colloque de la SOFEIR, "The Irish and the Sense of Place". Containing programme, Kilroy's conference paper (untitled), and memorabilia.

Date:22-23 March 1991 Extent:6 items

P103/613 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's visiting fellowship (October - December) at the Department of English, Kyoto University. Containing correspondence, schedules of lectures outside Kyoto; photographs; press cuttings and other printed memorabilia. Including correspondence with his host, Professor Tetsuro Sano, English Department, Kyoto University; also with Alastair Thomson, Chuo University, and others. Photographs of groups of people without captions; some depicting Kilroy. [One letter originally enclosed cassette tape of a lecture at Koka Women's Colege, Kyoto, November 1991.]

Date:1 December 1991 - 21 January 1993 Extent:c.90 items

P103/614 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in the Anglistentag (German association for English Studies), Graz, Austria, (25-28 September 1994) and a conference at Siegen University, Germany (30 September - 3 October 1994). Containing correspondence; schedules; lists of speakers; programmes 1993-1994; synopses of talks; and offprint of Kilroy's talk "The Literary Tradition of Irish Drama" (proceedings of the Anglistentag).

Date:(1992) 12 November 1992 - 2 November 1994 Extent:48 items

P103/615 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation in a colloquium at Charles de Gaulle-University, Lille, organised by the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Irlandaises de l'Université de Lille III (CERIUL). Containing correspondence with Godeleine Carpentier, English Department, Lille; programme; memorabilia. Carpentier also mentions her translations of his plays, and their prospective publication.

Date:24 January - 23 March 1996 Extent:14 items

P103/616 Scope and Content:

File of documents from Thomas Kilroy's lecture at Butler House, Kilkenny. Including Kilkenny Arts Diary; Kilroy's draft lecture, partly in manuscript [entitled in the Diary, "The Decline and Fall of the Intellectual"].

Date:22 February 1996 Extent:2 items

P103/617 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's membership in the Cultures of Ireland Group [from 1991 to circa 1999]. Mostly containing correspondence circulated to members; conference programmes and proceedings (for 1995). (Regular postings end in 1999; three related items were added later.)

Date:September 1991 - March 1999 (2001, 2003) Extent:c.50 items

P103/618 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's lectures in universities of the US (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.). Including correspondence with administrators and academic staff, itineraries. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kilroy lectured at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) on "A National Theatre".

Date:21 June - 23 October 2004 Extent:13 items

P103/619 Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding Thomas Kilroy's participation at the Salon Littéraire "Les Ecrivains en Provence", at Fuveau (France), from 1 to 4 September. Including programme (listing a debate, and giving a profile of Kilroy); invitation. [in French]

Date:1-4 September 2005 Extent:2 items

P103/620
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P103/ 543

Scope and Content:

File of documents regarding a nomination made by Thomas Kilroy for the Inamori Foundation's 2007 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. Including correspondence; Kilroy's letter of nomination of Brian Friel. Also including the Inamori Foundation newsletter no.21 (2008). [No information on 2007 winners.]

Date:30 June - 9 September 2006 (2008) Extent:4 items

P103/621 Scope and Content:

File of documents from various smaller seminars, conferences, festivals, prize-givings, which Thomas Kilroy was participant of, or which he was invited to. Comprising correspondence, programmes, press cuttings. Including events in Bermingham, Edinburgh, Vancouver; venues such as the Royal Irish Academy, the Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend, an event at University College Dublin celebrating students and staff once at Earlsfort Terrace (Kilroy reading from a story by Mary Lavin) Stewart Parker Commemorative Festival and Conference (Queen's Belfast). Also including correspondence from Paul Muldoon, Princeton University, inviting Kilroy to give a lecture (November 2001).

Date:November 1991 - August 2009 Extent:16 items

8.2 Awards
Date:1971-2008 Extent:7 items

P103/622 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings regarding Thomas Kilroy being awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize.

Date:11- 25 November 1971 Extent:4 items

P103/623
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P103/ 667

Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings, regarding Thomas Kilroy's nomination for the Booker Prize. [This contained a photograph of the author, as used for publicity purposes by Faber.]

Date:1 October - 25 November 1971 (and undated) Extent:10 items

P103/624 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings, regarding Thomas Kilroy being awarded the Royal Society of Literature (Heinemann bequest) for The Big Chapel. Including press cutting from The Irish Times (26 April) with an extensive interview about his work and the creative process.

Date:12 April - 15 June 1972 (and undated) Extent:5 items

P103/625 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings, regarding Thomas Kilroy being awarded the Allied Irish Banks Award for Literature; with correspondence from the Irish Academy of Letters [facilitating the choice by the AIB]. Including an interview with Kilroy in AIB News (May 1972).

Date:15 February - [ ] May 1972 (and undated) Extent:5 items

P103/626 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings, regarding Thomas Kilroy being awarded the American-Irish Foundation Literary Award. Including a letter from The Ireland Funds, inviting Kilroy to a 30th-anniversary event (1 June 2001).

Date:[Autumn] 1974 (2001) (and undated) Extent:4 items

P103/627 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings, regarding Thomas Kilroy being awarded the Irish Times/ ESB Irish Theatre Awards (both for Best New Play, and a Special Tribute Award).

Date:10 January - 17 February Extent:5 items

P103/628 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and press cuttings, regarding Thomas Kilroy being awarded the P.E.N. Ireland A.T.Cross Literary Award for a lifetime's achievement. Including message from the President of P.E.N.Ireland, Brian Friel (1 February), and extended interviews published by the Irish Examiner and The Irish Times.

Date:26 January - 10 February 2008 Extent:12 items

8.3 Bibliography, Curricula
Date:1964-2004 Extent:2 items

P103/629 Scope and Content:

File of typescript and printed documents with biographical information about Tom Kilroy. Including curriculum vitae documents, and entries in versions of Who's Who [1981].

Date:[1968-2004] Extent:10 items

P103/630 Scope and Content:

File of correspondence and memoranda regarding a bibliography of Tom Kilroy's works, and of criticism of his work, compiled by Ophelia Byrne, Linenhall Library, Belfast. Also including an 11-page draft of the bibliography (undated). [Corresponding with her published bibliography; Irish University Review vol.32 no.1 (2002) 176-190.]

Date:[ ] - January 2002 Extent:17 items

9 Criticism regarding Thomas Kilroy
Date:1989-2006 Extent:13 items

P103/631 Scope and Content:

File of typed transcripts of interviews conducted with Thomas Kilroy. Interviewers include Maria Kurdi, Thierry Dubost (and unnamed). Including interview (undated, unsigned) concentrating on Kilroy's schooling in Callan and Kilkenny; a letter from John Lynch, Subotica Entertainment, Dublin, referring to the interview he conducted for an Abbey Theatre documentary (12 March 2001). Also including piece by Licia Go vernatori "Due Lingue, Due Letterature" (1988), and preceding correspondence.

Date:2001-2004 (and undated) Extent:13 items

P103/632
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P103/ 422, 478

Scope and Content:

File of articles, partly in draft, by Gerard Dawe, regarding Thomas Kilroy, his life and work. Including offprint from G.Franci and G.Silvani (eds) The Importance of Being Misunderstood: Homage to Oscar Wilde with related correspondence (1999-2003), and a fragmented article on Double Cross.

Date:[ ] 1999 - 2003 Extent:4 items

P103/633 Scope and Content:

File of critical works by Thierry Dubost on Thomas Kilroy's writing, comprising Le Théâtre de Thomas Kilroy (published 2001, with covering letter); an essay on The Seagull (published 2002, with postcard); Kilroy's Vox - Reflections on the Theatre of Thomas Kilroy (with handwritten commentary by Kilroy, dateable after production of The Shape of Metal).

Date:July [2001] - [post-2003] Extent:6 items

P103/634 Scope and Content:

File of critical works by Philomena Dunne on Thomas Kilroy's work; comprising her MA thesis Thomas Kilroy: the Quests Made and the Visions Formed in Three Plays, Talbot's Box, Double Cross, and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, and copy of essay "An Uncluttered Window - the Works of Thomas Kilroy" (Studies vol.89 no.354).

Date:August 1998 - Summer 2000 Extent:3 items

P103/635 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of article by Joseph Long, "An Irish Seagull: Chekov and the New Irish Theatre" in Revue de Littérature Comparée, 419-426.

Date:October - December 1995 Extent:9 pp

P103/636 Scope and Content:

Typescript essay by Richard Pine entitled "Rough Edges- Commitment in Contemporary Irish Drama". With holograph dedication to Thomas Kilroy.

Date:June 1989 Extent:47 pp

P103/637 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of a short biography of Thomas Kilroy by Michael Mangan (no publication details given).

Date:undated Extent:10 pp

P103/638 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of a short biography of Thomas Kilroy by Christopher Murray (no publication details given).

Date:undated Extent:9 pp

P103/639 Scope and Content:

Photocopy of an article by David Ian Rabey, "The Bite of Exiled Love: Abjective Protagonists in Some Contemporary Anglo-Irish Dramas" in Essays in Theatre vol.13, no.1.

Date:November 1994 Extent:15 pp

P103/640 Scope and Content:

File of articles, partly in draft, by Anthony Roche, regarding Thomas Kilroy, his life and work. Including an offprint from Post-war Literatures in English (with a handwritten note from Roche),

Date:1989-2006 (and undated) Extent:5 items

P103/641 Scope and Content:

Two versions of Mary Ann Ryan's essay "Inappropriate Propriations: Gender and Agency in Thomas Kilroy's The O'Neill" (for a course in Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory, institution not named).

Date:2 June 2003 Extent:2 items

P103/642 Scope and Content:

Typescript essay by [Patrick Sheeran, Nina Fitzpatrick] entitled "Potatoes, Popes and Plays", regarding contemporary Irish dramatists and sectarianism in Northern Ireland. [Authors tentatively suggested on note by Thomas Kilroy.]

Date:[post-1990] Extent:c.50 pp

P103/643 Scope and Content:

File of press cuttings and copies of press items containing articles about Thomas Kilroy, and Irish theatre in the wider sense. Including article by Bruce Arnold "Men Who Made My Year" (1971); pieces from the New York Times, Ireland of the Welcomes, Theatre Ireland, a piece about Shape of Metal in The Phoenix.

Date:December 1971 - November 2003 Extent:19 items

10 Collected printed material
Date:1946-2009 Extent:23 items

10.1 Collected printed material: Theatre programmes, Exhibitions/ Artists, Art
Date:1958-2009 Extent:6 items

P103/644 Scope and Content:

File of theatre programmes from Irish productions, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Including plays produced by the UCG Players (undated), Druid Theatre, Gate Theatre, Bickerstaffe, Castlerea Education Unit, Randolf SD.

Date:1982-2008 (and undated) Extent:11 items

P103/645 Scope and Content:

File of theatre/ opera programmes from UK productions, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Including plays produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Citizen's Theatre (Edinburgh), Liverpool Playhouse, The National Theatre, Cheek by Jowl.

Date:1982- 2008 Extent:8 items

P103/646 Scope and Content:

File of theatre programmes of productions in other European countries, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Comprising plays produced by the National Theatre of Greece [Athens], Bouffes du Nord, Paris; also seasonal programmes from the Théâtre de l'Odéon, Paris; Journal of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Kiev, Ukraine.

Date:1965- 2009 Extent:4 items

P103/647 Scope and Content:

File of theatre programmes of US productions, and theatre festivals, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Comprising plays produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, New York; the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis; the Joyce Theatre, New York; programme for 1st Irish, a new Irish theatre festival in New York for which Kilroy contributed an endorsement.

Date:2009-2008 Extent:7 items

P103/648 Scope and Content:

File of printed programmes and invitations collected by Thomas Kilroy, pertaining to visual arts exhibitions in London, Dublin, New York and Paris. Including work by Anthony Caro, Constance Short, Geraldine Creed, Richard Serra, and Brian Bourke (latter exhibition was opened by Thomas Kilroy at NUI Galway). Also including a chronology of William Blake, accompanying an exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.

Date:1974-2009 Extent:9 items

P103/649
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P103/ 514

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File of printed publications (book, exhibition catalogues) regarding the work of John Behan, sculptor, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Including a biography/ review by Hayden Murphy (signed by author and by Behan), and catalogues from exhibitions at the Galway Arts Festival (1994) and at Kenny's Gallery (2009) where Kilroy spoke at the opening.

Date:1970 - 2009 Extent:4 items

10.2 Collected printed material: Collected Magazines (Literature, Theatre)
Date:1946-1996 Extent:11 items

P103/650 Scope and Content:

Printed copy of Threshold (vol.2 no.3), the quarterly periodical of the Lyric Players, Belfast, edited by Mary O'Malley. With poetic, prose, and essay contributions from various authors.

Date:Autumn 1958 Extent:82 pp

P103/651 Scope and Content:

File of printed broadsheets published by The Poetry Workshop UCD, collected by Thomas Kilroy. Containing collections of poetry (one piece of prose), also an editorial (1967), and two instances of rhymed advertisements for Hodges and Figgis bookshop.

Date:1967 - 1975 Extent:3 items

P103/652 Scope and Content:

Copy of magazine American Theatre (New York), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:July/ August 1996 Extent:72 pp

P103/653 Scope and Content:

Copy of magazine Asylum (Tralee, Kerry), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:Winter 1996 Extent:64 pp

P103/654 Scope and Content:

Two copies of magazine Arena (Gorey, Wexford), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:Autumn 1963- Spring 1965 Extent:2 items

P103/655 Scope and Content:

Copy of journal Catholic Truth Quarterly (Dublin), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:April- June 1958 Extent:64 pp

P103/656 Scope and Content:

Copy of The Cork Review, collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:January/ February 1980 Extent:52 pp

P103/657 Scope and Content:

Copy of Drama - the Quarterly Theatre Review (London), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:Summer 1983 Extent:56 pp

P103/658
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P103/ 520

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Copy of journal Force 10 (Sligo), collected by Thomas Kilroy. [Editor: Bob Quinn]

Date:[1998] Extent:140 pp

P103/659 Scope and Content:

Copy of journal Innti (Dublin), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:December 1986 Extent:67 pp

P103/660 Scope and Content:

Copy of magazine The National Student (UCD), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:December 1946 Extent:69 pp

P103/661 Scope and Content:

Copies of magazine Plays and Players (London), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:October 1968- July 1983 Extent:19 items

P103/662 Scope and Content:

Copy of The Poetry Ireland Review (Dublin), collected by Thomas Kilroy. With handwritten dedication from Gerard [Dawe].

Date:Summer 1981 Extent:48 pp

P103/663 Scope and Content:

Copy of Prompts - Bulletin of the Irish Theatre Archive [Dublin], collected by Thomas Kilroy. Special issue entitled "The Irish Actor, Cyril Cusack".

Date:September 1981 Extent:15 pp

P103/664 Scope and Content:

Copies of magazine St.Stephen's (UCD), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:1973-1975 Extent:2 items

P103/665 Scope and Content:

Copy of magazine Théâtre en Europe (Paris), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:December 1988 Extent:100 pp

P103/666 Scope and Content:

Copy of periodical Uomini e Libri (Milan), collected by Thomas Kilroy.

Date:November/ December 1985 Extent:104 pp

11 Photographs
Date:1969-[1980s] Extent:4 items

P103/667
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P103/ 14, 623

Scope and Content:

Black and white photographic portrait of Thomas Kilroy; bust and looking directly at the camera. With caption "The Big Chapel" and stamp "Please return to Faber and Faber..., London".

Date:[1971] Extent:16.5 x 12 cm

P103/668 Scope and Content:

Black and white photograph of Thomas Kilroy, seated with book and looking off to the left, in the living room of his private house, County Dublin. This was taken for use in promoting the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Date:undated [1969] Extent:14.4x11.6 cm

P103/669 Scope and Content:

Black and white photograph from the unveiling of a portrait of Roger McHugh, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in 1980. Depicting the unveiled portrait on the wall, and a group of four people, including Thomas and Desmond Kilroy, and Roger McHugh, looking sideways at it. It bears the caption "Professor Roger McHugh, Trustee Lyric Players Theatre, presented by Allied Irish Banks".

Date:[1980] Extent:25.4 x 16.8 cm

P103/670 Scope and Content:

Black and white photograph, no captions, of Brian Friel and Thomas Kilroy, sitting side by side and fronting the camera, but looking and laughing at one another. Informal surroundings; Friel with a cigarette, Kilroy with a glass tumbler.

Date:undated Extent:21.5 x 16.4 cm