Three for Calvary

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Jerusalem. Beneath the Roman Praetorium, in the dungeons, three men lie in chains, awaiting execution:
Dismas, a thief, perhaps the greatest thief in all history - who stole Paradise even as he suffered the death penalty.
Gestas, a man who may die as he has lived.
And Jesus bar Abbas, held for murder and sedition, of whom so little is known, so much surmised... even to the present day. More

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About Sean Walsh

I've worked and lived in communications all my life: journalist, subeditor, editor, actor, director, producer - here in Ireland and abroad.

I fell in love with Hiberno-English a long time ago - English as it is spoken and written in my country - and have been in love with it ever since.

I love the challenge of pen and blank paper: creating characters, storylines, drama.

I love the wind and the sea and the mountains, fresh air and green grass and the sun on my back (I play a mean game of golf) - all of which I have around me...

Not to mention the warm humour that wells up from a big heart.

If I may share with you some of the gems that have influenced me down the years; I've tried to abide by them but didn't always succeed!

"You make your way by taking it...

"It does not just happen, you have to make it happen...

"Sometimes in stooping down to pick up two pennies one can lose a fortune..."


Friendship - when it is not possessive, controlling...

Quiet. Silence - a positive value completely overlooked by many today...

Reading - carefully judged. If I'm not hooked by the first sequence - the first paragraph - I won't read any further...

Trying, day in day out, not to spill any more milk... and to stop crying over milk already spilt.

Not suffering fools gladly...

Analysing Casablanca, frame for frame, line by line...


My scripts have been broadcast on RTE, Radio One, BBC 4 and, in translation, on European networks; televised on RTE One, BBC One and Channel 4; staged at the Peacock by the Abbey National Theatre, at the Project, the Eblana, the Liverpool Playhouse and on the London Fringe…

Credits include The Night of the Rouser. Earwig. The Dreamers. Fugitive. Veil. Penny for Your Travels. Far Side of the Moon. Three for Calvary. Jenny One, Two, Three… The Circus. Centre Circle. Where Do We Go from Here, My Lovely? At The Praetorium. Conclave. Assault on a Citadel.

Has conducted many workshops on Creative/Script Writing in Dublin and at various centres around Ireland.

Favourite authors
A D Sertillanges. John Henry Newman. Waugh. Greene. Hemingway. Hans Kung.

Good conversation. The company of my fellow searchers... Con pane... meaning, with bread... hence company...

Arrogant, self-opinionated prigs... Controlling, bullying clerics...

Favourite Quote
"I passionately hate the idea of being with it. I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time." (Orson Welles (1915 - 1985))

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Review by: Martin Hogan on May 1, 2011 :
This is a fascinating study of three criminals who are waiting in a Roman jail in Jerusalem as Jesus is being tried and sentenced. One of the criminals is Barabbas and the other two are those who ended up crucified with Jesus. The dialogue between the three explores the deep feelings that surface without people when faced with almost certain death. The dialogue has a gritty and earthy quality which seems true to the characters. The personal drama of these three men is set against the backdrop of the larger drama involving Jesus. The link bewteen these two dramas is provided by the Roman centurion who comes from Jesus to the criminals. The exploration of the character of Demas (the 'good thief') is interesting in the light of how Luke subsequently portrays him in his gospel as turning to Jesus for salvation. Barabbas' desire at the end to get as near to Golgotha as possible to see the man who died in his place is one of only many striking elements in the drama. Many artists have sought to gain access to the earth shattering event of the crucifixion of Jesus through various channels. This play gives us an original, imaginative and thought-provoking access. I have seen one of Sean Walsh's plays on a related theme acted out by a local drama group to great acclaim by all those present. The staging of Sean's recent play would release it's dramatic potential to the full. Highly recommended!
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