Summertime, and the emigrant workers, dressed in new suits and dreams, are returning home for the annual sojourn. They are young, vigorous, and have money in their pockets, but they do not belong here anymore – and they do not belong abroad.
As a result, they are resentful and dangerous and none more so than the seemingly gregarious Christy Cavanagh. His childhood fixation with Mrs de Burca and her daughters becomes a frightening obsession when he finds that the date has been set for the auctioning of their house; his bid to possess that heaven has tragic consequences.
The House premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 2000.