October 1, 2022

Frank McGuinness interviews The Works Presents

What inspires and drives the creative spirit? John Kelly returns to RTÉ One with five new episodes of The works presentwho explore this same question – guests include innovative musicians, visually stunning filmmakers, beloved writers, unique composers and performers as well as political artists – watch the first episode now, via RTÉ Player.

The final episode, John talks to venerable and highly respected writer Frank McGuinness.

Playwright Frank McGuinness was born in County Donegal in 1953. His plays include Mill girls, watch the sons of Ulster marching to the Somme and Someone who will watch over me.

Stephen Rea and Judith Roddy starred in Frank McGuinness’ The Visiting Hour,
whose The Gate premiered online in 2021

Also known for his adaptations of works by other writers, such as Chekhov and Brecht, his version of Ibsen A doll’s house won a Tony Award in 1997.

He has also published novels, short stories, screenplays and poetry and, although he has retired from his long-serving position at UCD, he now holds the position of Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing.

The works present, RTE One. Thursday 12 May at 11:15 p.m. – catch up via RTÉ Player.