Great Artists Steal, by Seamus Collins

A penny for your thoughts? Theatraverse presents Great Artists Steal, a bilingual play by Belfast’s Seamus Collins. With a comic touch this absurd play uses language to examine the nature of invention and originality. World famous inventor, The Man, waits with his wife, The Woman, for the arrival of his newest apprentice. The Younger Man brings with him a strange language and an even stranger new idea. Life has a funny way of repeating itself…



Great Artists Steal balances several themes, ranging from the ennui of daily life and the challenges of marriage, to the abominable crimes committed for the sake of acclaim. Collins presents us with a 21st century theatre of the absurd: horrors rendered banal, language in deconstruction and cyclical plots are all key ingredients, and will be familiar to connoisseurs of Ionesco and Beckett. In Collins’s play, however, we have a modern, even post-modern, setting.

Trickery and theft thrive in a bleak ambiance, where the grave becomes banal and where thoughts are worth so much more than the penny idiom would have us pay.

There is a direct link between the choice of play and Theatraverse’s company philosophy.  Our company pays particular attention to words, to their role in communication both on and off-stage.  In choosing to mix French and English in this piece of new writing, Seamus Collins joins the members of Theatraverse  in playing with the two languages side-by-side in this absurd piece of new writing.