On a railway platform in Hamburg, Irish emigrant Eoin tells the story of his life, his country, and football. Bolger’s monologue is comic, thoughtful and poignant by turns, as he shows Eoin struggling to find an Ireland in which he can feel truly at home.
Eoin recalls his childhood in Dublin, playing football every day, watching his dad leave over and over to work in England, seeing the fighting on the news. He remembers growing up – or trying not to, following the European Championships, having to emigrate to Germany. He can never find what his father wished for him, a country to call his own. But it is on the terraces of the 1988 Championship where he finds the first sense of unity and belonging, a vision of Ireland in a foreign stadium.
In High Germany was first staged in 1990 at the Gate Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.