The Last Of The High Kings
THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS is the 'coming of age' story of Frankie Griffin, just 17 years of age. It is 1977. A time when Dublin rocked to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world was stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie Griffin is plagued by his fiery, anarchic mother, who survives on Guinness, cigarettes and her burning sense of Irish nationalism. She is convinced that her children are the only direct descendants of the High Kings of Ireland. Caught between acne and adulthood, broke, obsessed by rock music and dreams of Californian beach girls, Frankie is about to set off on a hilariously disaster-prone search for independence. How will he struggle through the summer between leaving school and starting the rest of his life? It’s make or break.
“Are you sure she's your Ma? If she was your sister I could really fancy her.”
“Sometimes I think, I'm completely possessed.”
Seventeen years I've been waitin' for this day. Freedom. The oyster of my life about to open. Instead, it feels like a badger died in my stomach. And I've an awful feeling that nothing will ever change.
Catherine O’Hara, Jared Leto, Christina Ricci, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea, Colm Meaney
Gabriel Byrne & David Keating
Based on the novel by Ferdia MacAnna
Keith Northrop, John Wolstenholme