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Our normal hours are

MAIN LIBRARY:

Tuesday                          10- 6pm

Wednesday                     10 -6pm

Friday:                             10 - 6pm

Saturday & Sunday:        12 - 4pm

DEDICATED CHILDREN'S AREA:

Tuesday & Friday:            10 - 5 pm

Saturday:                          12 - 4pm

Children can borrow books and DVDs during Main Library Hours.

RHYME TIME - suggested £3 per child:

  • Tuesdays at 10.30 with Cara

  • Fridays at 10.30 with Sasha

Monday & Bank Holidays : LIBRARY CLOSED

15 March 2020

Brendan Behan's Teapot ,NEW Date 1st May


This is a new date following the cancellation in January

We are holding off cancellation for the moment. Any tickets will be refunded in any event.

 

KCL is delighted to present a play by Neil Titley on the Life of the Irish Poet and prominent Republican Brendan Behan

‘BRENDAN BEHAN’S TEAPOT’ by Neil Titley

Brendan Behan 1923-1964:  A Rabelaisian, raucous, foul-mouthed, hugely talented writer and pub raconteur, he spent most of his early life in and out of English and Irish jails because of his Republican activities. These experiences gave him the material for his novel ‘Borstal Boy’ and his two great plays ‘The Quare Fellow’ and ‘The Hostage’. His death aged 42 was hastened by his chronic alcoholism. 


The play will be performed by Dr Jim Boylan who will be coming over from Ireland to be with us.

Jim Boylan is an experienced actor who nevertheless settled for a career as a Consultant Psychiatrist (and who retired in 2016 after 33 years as a front-line clinician including 12 years as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist).

His theatre portrayals include such leading roles as:

Pastor Manders in Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’, Reverend Hale in Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, Claudius in ‘Hamlet’, the title role in ‘Macbeth’, Falstaff in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bottom in ‘The Midsummer Night’s Dream’, King Rat in ‘Dick Whittington’ and Prof Plum in ‘Cluedo’.

He wrote the script of ‘Dandelions’ for the ‘North of Watford Theatre’ and is currently a company Member of the Foundry Theatre Project (Darlington Hippodrome). The sharp-eyed may have spotted him in the TV advert for ‘Fasttrackreclaim.com’


Jim Boylan writes on ‘BRENDAN BEHAN’S TEAPOT’:

‘I became beguiled by Behan after researching his character for this production. Against the backdrop of his idealistic and somewhat naive Irish republicanism Behan did a jig into the spotlight of the 1950s and early 1960s theatre scene and held a mirror up to the moral hypocrisy of institutions such as the state and organised religion.

A brief and brilliant firework of a playwright before his untimely death, Behan was at heart a humanist. He was both wonderfully witty and fatally flawed and it has been a tremendous challenge and an honour to try and capture his essence on stage.’


FRIDAY 1st May  at 7.30pm

Tickets are available in the Library (020 7431 1266) now and on line  CLICK HERE