- 16 Oct 18
Written by acclaimed author Roddy Doyle, Rosie is a powerful and affecting examination of the Irish housing crisis.
Now essentially an Irish institution, novelist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle published his first book in 1987 and has remained a vital voice on the Irish arts scene ever since. His novels and screenplays were instantly popular, not just for their sense of humour and their emphasis on social issues, but also because Doyle represented a voice that was all too often overlooked in literature: that of the working class.
Tomes such as Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Smile and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors have tackled such issues as family struggles, clerical sex abuse, and domestic violence. More of his work has been adapted and immortalised onscreen, including The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van.
Doyle’s latest project, the Paddy Breathnach-directed drama Rosie, again captures a very particular facet of modern Ireland: the struggles of a family to find a home in the middle of the housing crisis. Starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford, Rosie is an empathetic exploration of the obstacles facing working class people in Ireland, and how our broken system can leave hardworking families extremely vulnerable.