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The Seafarer

The Seafarer

By Conor McPherson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854599490, 112 pages, October 2006


A breathtaking supernatural play from the author of The Weir.

It's Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul.


"Sparkling and suspenseful. .. McPherson is a born yarn-spinner. "

- Guardian

"A blistering emotional punch. .. The Seafarer first ambushes you and then haunts you for days afterwards. "

- Time Out

"A realistic fantasy, a wide-awake nightmare. The writing is poetic, brutal, athletic, hilarious. "

- Sunday Times

"McPherson's new play is one of his most succinct and startling, and the funniest to date. .. what he creates is apparently simple, but daring and memorable. He sends his characters off on benders, and they bump into the infinite. "

- Observer