PEOPLE

WILSON JOHN HAIRE

1932

Wilson John Haire's work has been produced at the Abbey Theatre, the Royal Court and the National in London, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and in other theatres throughout the world. He was born in Belfast, just off the Shankill Road; he entered the shipyard and was part of a committee that organised the first ever apprentices’ strike. At 22 he left Belfast for England, and in the early ’60s he began to have stories published and joined the semi-professional Unity Theatre. In 1968 his one-act play, The Clockin’ Hen, was performed. In 1971 Within Two Shadows won major drama awards. Work not listed here includes Echoes from a Concrete Canyon (Royal Court Theatre 1975) and his BBC television plays The Dandelion Clock and Letter from a Soldier, both broadcast in 1975. Wilson John Haire has also published a number of short stories. He lives in London.