DOI: 10.5040/9781408189573.00000002
Acts: 3. Roles: Male (9) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Hailed as an ‘instant classic’, Hugo Hamilton’s best-selling memoir The Speckled People was adapted by the author into a profoundly moving stage drama.

Set in 1950s Ireland, the play tells the story of a small boy trapped in a language war between Irish, from his nationalist west Cork father; German from his immigrant mother, who came from an anti-Nazi family; and English, spoken by the other children in Dublin. The young Hugo Hamilton struggles with what it means to be ‘speckled’ – ‘half and half . . . Irish on top and German below’.

A gripping, poignant and often hilarious family drama, The Speckled People had its world premiere on 4 October 2011 at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.

From The Speckled People


Bloomsbury Publishing

Hugo Hamilton

ISBN: 9781408171189

Series: Modern Plays

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