Martin Lynch


Life
1950- ; b. Gilnahurk, Co. Down; son of a docker family; became clothes cutter, 1965-69; co-founded the Turf Lodge Fellowship Community Theatre for Workers’ Party; Dockers (1980); The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty (1982), concerns the ordeal of a man held by the police; writer in res. to Ulster Lyric, 1981; writer-in-residence at UUC 1985-88; wrote They’re Taking the Barricades Down (1979) and What About Your Ma, Is Your Da Still Workin’? (1981); Dockers (1981);
 
The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty (1982); Lay Up Your Ends (1983), a first play for Charabanc, continuing in collaboration with Oul’ Delph and False Teeth (1984), &c.; screenplay, A Prayer for the Dying (1986); My Minstrel Boy (1985); Welcome to Bladonmore Road (1988); Rinty (1990); The Stone Chair (1989) and Moths (1992), both for Comunity Drama; participated in The Tonnes, a peace-process festival of public art. DIW OCIL

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Works
Dockers (1980); The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty (1982); They’re Taking the Barricades Down (1979); What About Your Ma, Is Your Da Still Workin’? (1981); Dockers (1981); The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty (1982); Lay Up Your Ends (1983); Oul’ Delph and False Teeth (1984); A Prayer for the Dying (1986), screenplay; My Minstrel Boy (1985); Welcome to Bladonmore Road (1988); Rinty (1990); The Stone Chair (1989) and Moths (1992). Also Three Plays (Lagan Press 1995), 200pp.

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Criticism
Fintan Brady, ‘The Politics of Community Theatre’, in Causeway (Spring 1994) [picture of Lynch facing article], p.9ff.

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Commentary
John Keyes, review, in Fortnight (May 1994), writes: ‘with Pictures of Tomorrow Martin Lynch has stopped being an entertaining and humane writer of local ‘human comedies’ and moved into the ranks of important Irish playwrights’; three civil war veterans, English, Welsh, and Irish, meet in apartment of the Englishman; a stroke victim now diagnoses as having Alzheimer’s (p.42). FOR Guardian Discussion, ‘Writing After the Ceasefires’, see under Frank McGuinness, RX.

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References
D. E. S. Maxwell, Modern Irish Drama (Cambridge UP 1984), cites The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty [1982] and Castles in the Air (1983); also Three Plays (Lagan Press 1995), 200pp.

Books in Print (1994): The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty, a play in three acts [1979] (Belfast: Blackstaff 1982). [0 85640 270 2].

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