The Kings of the Kilburn High Road    by Jimmy Murphy

Featured in the 2023 , 2016 and 2007 Festivals


Six young Irish working men emigrate to London in the early 1970s. Like so many of their generation, they spend their lives in manual labour jobs; digging ditches or construction work. They intended to stay only a little while, make some money and return home as successful men, but that day never seemed to arrive.

Now, twenty-something years later, still in London, five of them gather in the side room of a pub in an informal wake for one of them who has died. All are in their late-40s or early-50s. All but one (who had split off from the group years earlier and established a successful construction company of his own) are broken from lives of hard work and harder drinking.