The Kings of the Kilburn High Road    by Jimmy Murphy

Featured in the 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.