Written by Brendan Behan, The Quare Fellow takes place in Mountjoy prison during the early ‘s. We follow the events that unfold during the hours before an. The Quare Fellow, play in three acts by Brendan Behan, performed in and published in A tragicomedy concerning the reactions of jailers and. Complete summary of Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Quare Fellow.

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Thanks behaan telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Comedy-Drama by Brendan Behan. Hardcover87 pages. Published by Methuen first published Obie brendna Best New Play To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Quare Fellowplease sign up.

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The Quare Fellow: A Comedy-Drama

The quare fellow, a condemned murderer who butchered his brother like a pig, is due to be hanged in the morning. Does he deserve the death penalty?

Behan doesn’t bring him on stage, so we aren’t required to vilify or sympathise with him directly. What we are shown is the brutalising effect of capital punishment on those most closely involved in carrying out the sentence. Behan shows not without humour how we are all rhe by state murder.

Jan 20, Karl Holton rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first read this play in about when I was sixteen. I loved it immediately because coming from Irish parents the dialogue made me laugh continuously and I knew the famous song well. I could hear the Dublin accents bouncing off the prison cell walls.

I think if you don’t have the benefit of that ‘ear’ it will be quite hard to penetrate this writing and really feel what Behan was doing. You might just read it and wonder ‘what the hell is this’ and have the sense that this is something that on I first read this play in about when I was sixteen.

You might just read it and wonder ‘what the hell is quae and feolow the sense brendna this is something that only worked in the s.

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However, if you do, it’s a joy. Behan was without doubt a truly gifted playwright and in this short play he really shows how he could balance wit and bleak to create a subtle analysis. You do need to consider when it was written but it is a brilliant study of human behaviour, prison, capital punishment, sexuality, politics and religion.

Jan 11, Ms Tlaskal rated it it was ok. My friend raved about this play as he’d read it at school. I didn’t finish it as I didn’t have the same connection to it. You find out a lot about Irish prison life and the voices of the characters that surround the ‘Quare fellow’ who never speaks are full of life but I qurae not sufficiently inspired to finish it.


One to see on stage I’m sure. Having left Dublin almost 15 years ago, this was a great reminder of slang I haven’t heard in years! Feb 22, Joe Phoenix rated it it was amazing. A fascinating topic by an enigmatic writer. The Quare Fellow depicts the 24 hours preceding an execution at an unnamed prison in Ireland. It accounts the way this execution affects the inmates and guards, yet importantly, not the ‘quare fellow’ himself. It is a humorous depiction of a bleak subject, and a great little read which provokes thoughts of capital punishment and the way people perceived it.

Behan clearly evokes the idea of being against capital punishment, this not only being as cruel w A fascinating topic by an enigmatic writer. Behan clearly evokes the idea of being against capital punishment, this not only being as cruel way to take a life, but the adverse affects it had upon those around it. It also thd the attitudes behhan the prison system at that time, such things as ‘”laggings” suggesting that once a prisoner fell in to the system, they struggled to crawl out.

What I’ve learned from the book so far about Irish Prison Slang: I believe the moral of this play is hanging is a terrible way to die and the state killing people is awful and that compared to those things, Irish pri What I’ve learned from the book so far about Irish Prison Slang: I believe the moral of this play is hanging is a terrible way to fellod and the state killing people is awful and that compared to those things, Irish prison ain’t half bad.

It’s about survived the system as well. It’s about how once your int he prison culture, you’re in and even when you leave everyone knows your coming back. I liked this play, though it’s not tye you’d call an upper. Mar 26, Daniel rated it liked it. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

A burnt child loves Writer’s Block. A burnt child loves the fire. Apr 18, Daisy Leather rated it really liked it Shelves: I must say, I think I preferred this to Waiting for Godot – which I surprisingly enjoyed quite a bit.

Not entirely sure I grasped the entire meaning of the play or anything though, so now I’m entering into the world of speculation and google! Dec 07, Heather rated it it was amazing.

Brendan Behan’s most popular play is evocative from start to finish. The musical quality of life in the gaol adds to the sensitivity of the whole treatment.

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Jun 24, Finbarr rated it really liked it. The language in this play is a joy. The characters brenxan singsong colloquialisms, many of which I’ve not heard for many years. Mar 31, Stephen rated it liked it.

The Quare Fellow

Set mostly inside and near? Musical and sometimes humorous statement against capital punishment. Charlotte rated it liked it Nov 27, Ciaran O’Riordan rated it it was ok Dec 05, Thomas rated it liked it Aug 22, Joseph Ferguson rated qiare it was amazing Mar 07, Abby rated it liked it Oct 17, Martin Elf-Vierzehn rated it really liked it Jan 11, Kris Khadem rated it liked brndan Jan 02, Seamus Bellamy behhan it it was amazing Nov 25, Ashleigh Blasbery rated it really liked it Mar 05, Cate Forster rated it liked it Oct 20, Cody rated it really liked it Apr 28, Brian rated it really liked it Oct 21, Colleen rated it really liked it Jun 07, Lorna McCluskey rated it liked it Dec 22, Alexandra Shields rated it did not like it Jun 23, Daniel rated it liked it May 30, Craig Werner rated it liked it Jun 30, Hank Brainard rated it it was amazing Sep 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Brendan Francis Behan Irish: He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Behan was born in the inner city of Dublin on 9 February into an educated working class family. He lived in a house on Russell Street near Mountjoy Square owned by his grandmother, Christine English, who owned a number of properties in the area.

Also living in the area was rbendan uncle Peadar Kearney, song writer and author of the Irish national anthem. Brendan’s father, Bendan Behan, a house painter who had been active in bfhan Irish War of Independence, read classic literature to the children at bedtime from sources such as Zola, Galsworthy, and Maupassant; his mother, Kathleen, took them on literary tours of the city.

If Behan’s interest in felloq came from brwndan father, his political beliefs were by his mother. She remained politically active all her life and was a personal friend of the Irish republican Michael Collins. The title was from the affectionate nickname Mrs.

Behan gave to Collins. Kathleen published her autobiography, “Mother of all the Behans,” a collaboration with her son Brian, in His brother, Dominic Behan, was also a renowned songwriter best known for the quarw “The Brebdan Game”; another sibling, Brian Behan, was a prominent radical political activist and public speaker, actor, author, and playwright.

Brendan and Brian did not share the same views, especially when the question of politics or nationalism arose. Brendan on his deathbed presumably in jest asked Cathal Goulding, then the Chief of Staff of the IRA, to ‘have that bastard Brian shot—we’ve had all sorts in our family, but never a traitor! A biographer Ulick O’Connor, recounts that one day, at the age of eight, Brendan was returning home with his granny and a crony from a drinking session.