Hailed as an ‘instant classic’, Hugo Hamilton’s best-selling memoir The Speckled People was adapted by the author into a profoundly moving stage drama.
Set in 1950s Ireland, the play tells the story of a small boy trapped in a language war between Irish, from his nationalist west Cork father; German from his immigrant mother, who came from an anti-Nazi family; and English, spoken by the other children in Dublin. The young Hugo Hamilton struggles with what it means to be ‘speckled’ – ‘half and half . . . Irish on top and German below’.
A gripping, poignant and often hilarious family drama, The Speckled People had its world premiere on 4 October 2011 at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.