Pilate Under Pressure

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The events of the first Good Friday from a Roman perspective. Not an angel or a saint in sight!.. A dramatisation of the facts as recorded in the Passion Narrative of Matthew. Enacted at the Praetorium, the fortress in Jerusalem that was the centre and symbol of Roman occupation. How will the Governor of Judaea react when a prisoner is brought before him for trial, one Jesus of Galilee?..

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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 June 27, 2011 :
This is a powerful play based on Matthew's passion narrative, in particular on elements of Matthew's passion narrative that are unique to his gospel, such as the short scene involving Pilate and his wife, the washing of hands by Pilate and the request of the Jewish authorities to place a guard on the tomb of Jesus. The author has woven an engaging and thought provoking drama on the basis of these hints in the text of Matthew, filling out the gaps in the text in a dramatically satisfying way. The title 'Pilate under pressure' captures the essence of the drama. Pilate is portrayed as a man caught between his duty to Rome and his obligation to justice, the latter articulated in particular by Pilate's way. Pilate's dilemman is that of everyone caught between obligations to the institution one represents and loyalty to a greater truth which challenges that institution. The dramatist draws the reader/viewer into this dilemma with great skill. It is a play that is worth reading, and in particular viewing, many times. It throws light on our own struggles to do what is right when it is easier to do otherwise.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kevin Healy on June 26, 2011 :
If Matthew ever gets to read this script he will pause, read it again, just to check, and then wonder how the hell Walsh got hold of his notes. These are the bits he left out of his book because it shows Pilate in too human a light and his readers wouldn't have wanted that.
This play rounds out the story in Matthew's gospel. It fills in the gaps in a manner that is almost Ignatian.
Read this play, get to see it on stage someday and you will have a better understanding of what happened on that dark night in Jerusalem. Kevin Healy.
(review of free book)

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