A companion piece of sorts to On the Outside, On the Inside shows the disappointing reality of the dance that others yearn so desperately to enter. It is the Teacher's Union dance, and at 6s per head entrance, only those with wages and prospects can enter. One of those, Kieran, is none too impressed with the average looking prospects that he has to offer, and seeks a way to escape the inevitability of his average looking girlfriend, and the life that they are heading towards. But like the fun of the dance, even the desire to escape fails to take off fully, and in the fug of drunkenness at the end of the night, Kieran restates his commitment to his mundane existence.
Performed for the first time just weeks after the premiere of On the Outside, On the Inside was first staged at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, on the 18th of November 1974.