Plays by Anne Devlin

After Easter

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

After Easter is not a political play, rather a psychological play – inevitably funny. It is a contemporary portrait of a woman who reaches that point in her life when she will either grow or fade, when she will either continue to live in her lesser personality or make that inner marriage which will allow her to enter the mainstream of her larger existence, and, hopefully, swim.

The exile, Greta, having turned away from everything that once could have been called her identity – including her religion – allows the ghosts to call her home to the north of Ireland and to her family. In doing so she finds herself confronting the identity that she has wilfully excluded for so long.

Anne Devlin was born in Belfast; she was a teacher from 1974-1978 and started writing fiction in 1976 in Germany. Her short stories are published by Fabers in a collection entitled The Waypaver. She has won numerous awards including: Hennessy Literary Award (1982) for short stories and the Samuel Beckett Award (1985) for TV Drama. She was the only woman nominated for the Lloyds Playwright of the Year Award for After Easter in 1994.