I Won’t Dance – Don’t Ask Me

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784601409.00000014

An early short monologue play from Northern Irish writer Owen McCafferty.

It’s four o’clock in the morning and middle-aged Gus McMahon can’t sleep. He’s drinking a can of Guinness and begins a rambling monologue to his only companion, his cat Sparky. Whilst his wife and son sleep upstairs, Gus rails against anything that crosses his path but we soon learn the real reason behind his desperate unhappiness. The bookkeepers he managed for twenty years has been sold and he’s been unceremoniously dumped by the new management in favour of young blood. This new situation has opened up questions about his present and past life that he never previously considered.

McCafferty worked in a variety of jobs before becoming a writer. He broke through in the 1990s with a series of short plays, including I Won’t Dance – Don’t Ask Me, which is one of his earliest performed pieces and introduced audiences his bracing poetic style.

I Won’t Dance – Don’t Ask Me was first performed at the Ulster Arts Club in Belfast in 1993.

From Mojo Mickybo: Three Plays

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Nick Hern Books

Owen McCafferty

ISBN: 9781854597014

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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