Thomas Kilroy – Imprint: Writer in Profile

Loopline Collection, Documentary, Irish Culture
Directed by:
Bill Keating
Produced by:


30 mins

Irish playwright Thomas Kilroy was born in Limerick and through a career spanning fifty years, he has resisted fixed categories and boundaries in both his stagecraft and themes of his plays. This episode begins with a discussion about what interviewer Theo Dorgan refers to as a ‘double life’ – Kilroy’s role as a playwright and a Professor of English. This leads the conversation on to the theatre scene in Ireland in the 1960s, the start of a new generation of playwrights at the Abbey Theatre, and his experience working with Stephen Rea. Kilroy was involved with the Field Day Theatre Company but later left as he believed it should have been more politically focused.

Imprint, a literature review programme, and its sister show Imprint: Writer in Profile screened on RTÉ1 for three seasons. Both were presented by Irish poet, writer and lecturer Theo Dorgan. Over the course of the Writer in Profile series Dorgan conducted extended, in-depth interviews with a wide range of Irish and international writers including Colm Tóibín, Bernard MacLaverty, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O’Connor, Michael Longley, Doris Lessing, John Montague, Eavan Boland, Gore Vidal, Richard Ford and Margaret Atwood. This episode is part of The Loopline Collection Volume 1. To watch more of the collection click here.