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Monday, 5 October 2015


 Published September 2015

I have written a play called Shaking Hands, recently published in paperback.

I have 10 copies to give away, one each to 10 (preferably amateur) UK-based theatre companies to use as 'exercise' material for acting students or as a table-read script or, if it merits it, public performance.

As befits my background, I am keen for a few Northern Ireland companies to give it the once over (or as many times as you like!).

The blurb below sets the scene.  It is a short play - 45 minutes.

If any theatre company in the UK would like a free copy, please let me know via Please tell me a little bit about your company or provide a link, just for my own information.

All I ask in return is some feedback on the play and whether or not you found it useful. What did you like about it? What did you not like about it? What would improve it?

I am happy for photocopies to be made of the book and even happier if you want to order more copies of the book from at your own expense.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date for requesting a copy 12 October 2015. I will select up to 10 companies on 13 October 2015 and proceed to arrange delivery.  If I get a fair few applications, I intend to split the 10 as follows - 3 x N Ireland-based groups; 7 x Others across the UK. My decision will be final. 

Go on, have a go.

Thanks and best wishes,

Joe Cushnan

Shaking Hands

This play was written as a 45-minute radio drama. It is fiction, based on several facts from the author's life. A 60-year-old son tracks down his 89-year-old father to question him on why he left the family home, a wife and seven children. In the quest to find out about the 'missing years', the son finds it hard to suppress simmering anger and the father clings to hope of reconciliation. The script is adaptable for the stage and would be useful for student actors to practice their skills.
ISBN: 9781786101631
Total Pages: 67
Published: 23 September 2015

Joe Cushnan:

Books: Shops, Shoppers, Shopping & Shafted; Before Amnesia: Seeds Of A Memoir; Shaking Hands; Retail Confidential; Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid; Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood; Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature; Juggling Jelly; Geek!; A Belfast Kid; Jack Elam, I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life; The Chuckle Files; The Poems Of Hamish Sheaney: Remastered & Expanded; Only Yules & Verses; Only Drools & Corsets; Fun With Words, Fun With Rhyme; Fun With Words, Fun With Noise

Creative portfolio includes Octavius Magazine, Ireland’s Big Issue, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Belfast Telegraph, 2013 Belfast Book Festival, Irish News, BBC TV NI “Stephen Boyd: The Man Who Never Was”, BBC Radio Sheffield “Rony Robinson”, BBC Radio Ulster “Saturday Magazine”, BBC Radio 4 “You & Yours”, The Guardian, Tribune, NZ Management, The Grocer, Retail Week, Edge, Open Eye, Yorkshire Post, The Catholic Herald, Cambridge Evening News, The London Paper, Southern Cross, NZ Freelance, Writer’s News, Belfast News Letter, Irelands Own, Fortnight, The Dalhousie Review; Blithe Spirit; The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Monthly, Poetic Comment, Bard, Current Accounts, Candelabrum, Decanto, Inclement, Haiku Scotland, Time Haiku, etc. 

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