This edition of Dublin Express was a special Kickstarter limited edition Colin Bateman produced himself. [http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/856843652/get-on-board-the-dublin-express]
It's interesting to see a pretty well-established writer with a well-established stream of publications coming out striking out on his own to get a selection of his alternative (non-novel) writing published and into the public's grubby little hands.
My favorites of the bunch were the title story, "Dublin Express," "The Case of Mrs. Geary's Leather Trousers," which was the start of Colin Bateman's novel Mystery Man, and the screenplay, "National Anthem." They're very typical Bateman humor, very dark, and filled with entertaining characters. Not characters you'd necessarily want to give a hug, but ones you wouldn't mind sharing a beer with, though possibly from across the room.
The play, particularly, contains the sort of spectacularly hapless characters who attempt to wrestle some control and decorum into their lives, but, due to circumstances and conspiracies beyond their ken, they fail in an entertaining fashion. They're the sort of characters Colin Bateman excels at writing and make for a great read.
If you have a chance to see it or get ahold of the script it's well worth picking up.
Sort of originally posted at http://wombatsdigit.com/w/2013/09/a-small-review-of-colin-batemans-dublin-express/
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