The Monaco-Ireland Arts Society, responsible for promoting Irish literature and the arts in Monaco, is proud to present an evening of The Works and Sayings of Brendan Behan, one of Dublin’s beloved literary characters. This will take place in the Auditorium of the Lycée Technique in Monte-Carlo at 8:30pm on Friday, 30th of March, all under the direction of Virginia Disney.
Brendan Behan was a working class, inner-city Dublin, poet, novelist, playwright, who wrote in both Irish and English, a volunteer in the IRA, a raconteur, a jailbird, a bowsie and a balladeer. His writing career started during his time in prison and whilst not overly prolific, it is certainly memorable…probably moreso for the man than his words. Behan described himself as ‘a drinker with a writing problem‘ who only drank on two occasions, ‘when I’m thirsty and when I’m not‘; it was the drink that finally got him in the end. He died in 1964 at the age of 41.