Dublin Theatre Festival

Gate Theatre

The Speckled People

By Hugo Hamilton

Venue Gate Theatre
Date 29 Sep - 1 Oct 7.30pm
3 Oct - 8 Oct 7.30pm
8 Oct 2.30pm
10 Oct - 15 Oct 7.30pm
15 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 2hrs (approx. incl. interval)

Directed by Patrick Mason
Set and Costume Design by Joe Vanek
Cast Stephen Brennan, Denis Conway, Julika Jenkins, John Kavanagh, Tadhg Murphy and Marion O''''''''''''''''Dwyer

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Hugo Hamilton’s best-selling memoir, The Speckled People, has been hailed as an ‘instant classic’ and has been translated into twenty languages. The Gate Theatre is delighted to present this world première of the author’s adaptation of this extraordinary work.

The Speckled People tells the profoundly moving story of a young boy trapped in a language war. Set in 1950’s Ireland, this is a gripping, poignant, and often a very funny family drama.
As a young boy, Hamilton struggled with what it means to be speckled, “half and half...Irish on top and German below.

Caught between his fiercely nationalistic father and his warm-hearted German mother, Hugo must free himself from his parents’ secrets before he can find a place where he belongs.

TALKING THEATRE  Rewarding Rewording:  In conversation with Hugo Hamilton. Oct 11, 6pm. The Gate Lab. For more details, see Special Events

"A wonderful, subtle, problematic and humane book" The Irish Times

"Hugo Hamilton skilfully juxtaposes episodic memory monologues and dialogue scenes in the service of a fluent dramatic arc" The Irish Times

"...a potential classic..." Irish Independent

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