written by John Wilson Foster | starring Ian McElhinney
photo by Conleth White
A Better Boy
A Better Boy is a monologue play which was first produced by Kabosh Theatre at the Belfast Barge in 2012 as part of the Belfast Titanic Festival.
It is spoken by Lord Pirrie, the engineering, designing and marketing genius at the tiller of Harland & Wolff, the giant shipyard that built Titanic and other giant liners.
Irishtheatremagazine (April 10, 2012) said of the play: "It is beautifully written, frank, uncompromising and fascinating in its personal insights and reminiscences."
A Better boy was re-mounted in the Brian Friel Theatre (Queen's University, Belfast) on December 5 and 6, 2013. It was staged by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland at the Bozar (Centre for Fine Arts), Brussels, on December 16 and 17, 2013. It was performed at the Strand Arts Centre, Belfast on April 13, 2014. As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast), it was staged at The Mac on May 11, 2014. The Linenhall Library staged it on June 12, 2014. It was performed in the Town Council Chamber as part of the Aspects Literary Festival, Bangor on September 27, 2014. It will be mounted at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, On November 6, 2014.
In these re-stagings, the acclaimed screen and stage actor Ian McElhinney takes the role of Pirrie, the master-builder defiant in the aftermath of tragedy, vulnerable in the rediscovery of grief.