A NEW STAGE PLAY
BY JON IVAY
In the summer of 1978, the British government agreed to invest £54 million in a new manufacturing plant to be built in Northern Ireland by former General Motors executive John DeLorean. It was a courageous decision to put such faith in the flamboyant American, but DeLorean was an inspirational figure in the business world. His dream of building an ‘ethical’ sports car in West Belfast, providing at the same time several thousand jobs for both Catholic and Protestants, was irresistible. Yet, in little more than four years, the venture collapsed in acrimony and huge public embarrassment. This play tells the story of one of the world’s most famous cars and its most controversial and infamous creator.