The Waiting List is one of Owen McCafferty’s early monologue plays in which an unnamed male narrator frets that his name may be included on a paramilitary hit list.
Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, our Catholic narrator believes he may have become a target for the Loyalist paramilitaries. He begins to trawl through his memories in search of the violent act that may have brought him such unwanted attention. The constant state of confusion into which our narrator is thrust provides the motor for the piece that never lets up for a second. McCafferty’s monologue is shot through with black humour and is rife with truthful observations about growing up amidst the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.
The Waiting List was first produced by Point Fields Theatre Company at the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast in 1994.