Most famous Kilkenny novel ever to be adapted for the stage

Kilkenny man Thomas Kilroy's masterpiece to be adapted by John Morton

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


Iconic Kilkenny novel being brought to stage by our most talented young playwright

Kilkenny director, actor and playwright John Morton who will adapt The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy for next year's Kilkenny arts Festival

An adaptation of Kilkenny's most famous novel will be the flagship drama event of next year's Kilkenny Arts Festival.

And local playwright, actor and director, John Morton is set to do write adaptation of The Big Chapel.

The powerful novel by Callan man, Thomas Kilroy about his home town of Callan and a clercial scandal there that the split the local community in two, was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1971.

The play will be a joint production between the Abbey Theatre, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Asylum Productions.

Taking to Twitter, John Morton said: "I am both excited and honoured to be doing the adapting. Asylum, Abbey Theatre and Kilkenny Arts Festival will present the production next August."