"The most important and controversial work to be mounted by the National Theatre for many a year" (Irish Times) The Sanctuary Lamp is set in a church. "Murphy, in the best traditions of Bunuel, takes a hallowed institution and populates it with social misfits who desecrate every convention in both thought and action...Murphy's savage indignation is unbearably true..." (Irish Times)
Tom Murphy's work includes A Whistle in the Dark, Famine, The Morning After Optimism, The Sanctuary Lamp, Conversations on a Homecomnig, The Gigli Concert, Bailegangaire, Too Late for Logic, She Stoop s to Folly and The Wake. His career has been markedly associated with the Irish National Theatre (th e Abbey Theatre). He was born in Tuam, Co. Galway. He lives in Dublin.