Thomas Kilroy was born in 1934 in Callan County, Kilkenny, Ireland. His novel, The Big Chapel (1971), was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize, but he is best known as a playwright. His plays include The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche (1968); Double Cross (1986); The Madam MacAdam Travelling Theatre (1992); and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde (1997). He has also adapted Ibsen’s Ghosts and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. His other awards include the Heinemann Award for Literature, The Aib Literary Prize, the American-Irish Foundation Award for Literature, The Rockefeller Foundation Residency, the Kyoto University Foundation Fellowship, and a Prix Nikki Special Commendation.
Kilroy lives in Ireland.