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Frank McGuinness

This exhibition displays handwritten and typescript drafts of McGuinness's most well-known and critically acclaimed plays including The Factory Girls, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme as well drafts of other work such as poems, screenplays and novels.

Such drafts show the progression of the work in the writer’s mind and demonstrate the considerable level of craft involved in reaching a point where a play is ready for production. The exhibition includes rehearsal notebooks, copies of notes written for directors and actors which show that each play continues to evolve during each new production.

This exhibition looks at the archive through the prism of the following themes: creativity, collaboration, production, reception and legacy. In response to these themes, Frank McGuinness personally chose five of his poems to be exhibited on the exhibition panels.

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