IRISH STEW by John Bradley
In Rick Billinghurst’s final year as artistic director (1979), his ‘new writing’ production Irish Stew by Brisbane writer John Bradley directed by Sean Mee, was an outstanding critical and box office success.
Theatre critic David Rowbotham wrote: “This play is one of the most stunning and stimulating surprises I have encountered in theatre in this city – or anywhere in Australia. His play is the work of a professional. It is excellently written, with a combination of sharp wit and psychology, about emotions and confusions triggering terrorism... With I Irish Stew La Boite has hit a jackpot".[i] It received uniformly excellent reviews in The National Times, The Australian and Sunday Sun, and, although he had some reservations about the play, Jeremy Ridgman’s review in Theatre Australia was positive overall.[ii]
Writer: Christine Comans