My Mother And Other Strangers

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When writer Barry Devlin was a boy in North­ern Ire­land in the 1950s, aero­planes were a con­stant pres­ence. “I grew up with sounds of Har­vards and Pren­tices and Shack­le­tons in my ears,” he says. These were planes flown by the RAF, but dur­ing the Se­cond World War Amer­i­cans were sta­tioned in the area.

This pro­vided the spark for Devlin’s new drama (“I knew the body lan­guage of how this worked”) which ex­plores the ef­fect of 4,000 Amer­i­cans, “a kind of epit­ome of mod­ernism”, ar­riv­ing in re­mote Moy­beg, which was “so­cially con­ser­va­tive, Catholic and very iso­lated on the shores of a lake, and with its own di­alect”.

This makes the chem­istry be­tween a mar­ried lo­cal woman, Rose Coyne, and an Amer­i­can li­ai­son of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Drey­fuss, all the more dan­ger­ous.

The drama is cen­tred on a love tri­an­gle in a so­ci­ety and time that was far less for­giv­ing of sex­ual trans­gres­sions.

“Drey­fuss be­comes a key to the life she might have had,” says Devlin.

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