In 1954, Behan's first play “The Quare Fellow” was produced in Dublin. It was well received and the 1956 production of the same play at Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Stratford, London, gained Behan a wider reputation. His reputation also grew due to a famous drunken interview on BBC television.
In 1958, Behan's play in the Irish language “An Giall” had its debut at Dublin's Damer Theatre. Later, The “Hostage”, Behan's English-language adaptation of “An Giall”, had great success internationally. Behan's autobiographical novel, “Borstal Boy”, was published the same year and became a worldwide best-seller. (Read more in a short bio below)
“It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.”
“I am a drinker with writing problems.”
“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.”
“There is no such thing as ba…