Aug 27th, 2016 | By | Category: Ireland

Watching a production of JB Keane’s “The Field” recalls the finding of papers that told of a bitter row over land; in Ireland, there is probably no row more bitter than a row over land. The relationship with the land is powerful, the attachment to particular places something that cannot be fully articulated. Keane’s 1965 play explores some of the depths of that attachment, it is a play that has corresponded with sad realities in countless parishes. Yet in the behaviour of Bull McCabe, the main protagonist of the play, …