Red Roses and Petrol

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A wonderfully comic play from one of Dublin's best writers:

In her home in Dublin, Moya is preparing for the funeral mass of her husband, Enda. From England and America her children are returning for the sombre occasion. But as the ghosts of the Doyle's past begin to materialise, the consequences are both profoundly disturbing and memorably comic…

Joseph O'Connor's previous work includes two highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, Cowboys and...

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Overview


A wonderfully comic play from one of Dublin's best writers:

In her home in Dublin, Moya is preparing for the funeral mass of her husband, Enda. From England and America her children are returning for the sombre occasion. But as the ghosts of the Doyle's past begin to materialise, the consequences are both profoundly disturbing and memorably comic…

Joseph O'Connor's previous work includes two highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, Cowboys and Indians and Desperadoes; an anthology of short stories, True Believers; and a hilarious collection of journalism, The Secret World of the Irish Male, which spent three months at number one on the Irish bestseller list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413699909
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Modern Plays Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph O'Connor
Joseph O'Connor
Critic, playwright, and novelist Joseph O'Connor has long been a literary star in his native Ireland. His historical fiction epic Star of the Sea chronicles the chaos aboard a leaky ship voyaging from Ireland to New York during the harsh winter of 1847, and was selected as a Summer 2003 pick in our Discover Great New Writers program.

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In our interview, O'Connor shared some fun facts about himself:

"As a university student, I once had a summer job selling plastic refuse sacks over the telephone. Rather worryingly, I was not too bad at it."

"I was born on 20 September, 1963, the anniversary of the day on which various pieces of Robert Emmet, the great 19th century Irish patriot, were separated from one another by British uniformed persons with the aid of an axe and scaffold. As a result of this haunting coincidence, my parents very nearly named me Emmet O'Connor. Quite a good name for a novelist, actually."

"I have always wanted to write a novel called The Old One-Two, but I haven't the faintest idea what it might be about."

"I'm afraid I have little time for hobbies, other than music, which I've mentioned above. My wife and I sometimes go to the opera. We're lucky enough to get to travel a lot, often because of work -- she's a screenwriter. As the father of a lively three-year old boy, I occasionally catch Barney or Clifford, the Big Red Dog. But secretly I prefer the ,I>Bear in the Big Blue House -- better stories and more moral ambiguity."

"Other ways of unwinding include regular and deafeningly loud doses of J. S. Bach, the great Muddy Waters, or George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers. As for literary dislikes, I do have one big one. Despite its newfound popularity, I must confess that I simply don't get the point of Tolkien's work, that sad little circus of hobbitry and Elvish. How profound must one's weariness of the real world have become to want to burrow into the recesses of Middle Earth like a disappointed mole. Some people I love swear that The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece, but I am firmly on the side of C. S. Lewis, who is said to have sighed, on reading an early draft: ‘Oh, for God's sake, Tolkien. Not another elf story.'"

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    1. Hometown:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 20, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      B.A., University College, Dublin, 1984; M.A., 1986; University College, Oxford, 1987; M.A., University of Leeds, 1991

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    When Dad's up yer nose

    Hillarious and even shockingly so at best, a little contrived and painted with the cliché brush at some points, though: Joseph O'Connor's 1995 play Red Roses and Petrol features strong and poor parts and they are evenly distributed. Moya and her kids get ready to pay their last respects to the head of the family who is to be cremated. Parental affection and the lack of it, sibling rivalry, the fate of emigrants and those who stay at home and a comic scene in which Johnny, the deceased's son, sniffs the ashes of his father unwittingly mistaking them for cocaine... as I said, there are good and weak points in the play, on the whole, though, it is a little too tightly packed to transport any message convincingly. A nice and not too comforting small-scale tableau of Irish family life worth reading and certainly worth seeing.

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