Michael hasn’t been home in almost twenty years. Having been kicked out of the seminary and exiled from his family home, he found himself in London, by accident rather than design. But now, the death of his mother sees him back in the small town where he grew up. The place that chewed him up and spat him out.
Reunited with his two brothers, their partners and the local clergy, there are questions that want answering and old scores that need laying to rest. Where do you find home, when your family and faith have abandoned you? An Irish funeral brings out the best and worst in people, and a long night of truths lies ahead.
About the Author
Phillip is a playwright and director based in Dublin. His plays include Come On Home (Abbey Theatre), Town Is Dead (A play within music at the Abbey Theatre - nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Theatre Awards 2017), Elevator, Pineapple, Danny & Chantelle (still here), Investment Potential, and the musical Alice In Funderland (THISISPOPBABY/Abbey Theatre - nominated for Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards 2012).
He was Writer In Association at the Abbey Theatre 2010.
Phillip has devised and directed five hit shows with Ireland's foremost drag queen, Panti Bliss which have around the world. He worked as editor on her best selling memoir 'A Woman In The Making', writer and co-producer on the documentary on her life 'The Queen of Ireland' and is now co-writer and co-creator of 'Pantibar' a TV drama set in Panti's eponymous bar in Dublin, currently in development with Playground Entertainment.
Phillip is one half of Dublin-based theatre company and pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY. He is co-creator and co-curator of WERK (performance/club/salo), Queer Notions cross arts festival, Where We Live festival and the POP performance venue at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival.