Following a sell-out run in Dublin, Madame de Markievicz On Trial comes to Friars’ Gate, Kilfinane on this Saturday, 19th March at 8pm. The play is a drama centred around Constance Markievicz depicting an event in Dublin at Easter in 1916 when a policeman was fatally shot.
It is set in a courtroom and a prison cell during the autumn of 1917, and the dialogue is largely based on the actual extensive speeches made by Markievicz during this time.
The play has a cast of 6 actors, Barbara Dempsey as Madame de Markievicz and Neill Fleming as the prosecutor. Apart from the prosecutor, all the characters are based on actual people and each one is impressive in their strength of character.
William May, the prosecutor and sole fictional character in the drama, is the Devil’s Advocate. He trawls through all aspects of Madame’s life and times, from her birth to 1917, to challenge the misinformation created by post-1916 heresay. Completing the cast are Amy O’Dwyer, Andrea Kelly, Siofra O’Meara and Ian Meehan.
The testimonies of the witnesses, including Dr Kathleen Lynn, Helena Molony, Margaret Skinnider, Geraldine Fitzgerald and William O’Brien of the ITGWU, are interwoven to show that Constance de Markievicz was a normal multi-dimensional woman in contrast to the usual one-dimensional icon frequently presented.
The audience will be the ultimate judge, because the conclusion of this remarkable production enables the audience to decide the final verdict, innocent or guilty.
Tickets €15/€12, duration 70 minutes.
RED HURLEY IN CONCERT
Red Hurley returns to Kilmallock on Saturday, 2nd April at 8pm. Red is acknowledged throughout Ireland and across the world as one of the finest singers of his generation. Appealing to all ages, musical tastes and cultures, he has moved audiences with his distinctive brand of satin smooth vocal magic.
Red Hurley delivers song after song – each more haunting than the next, be it a cover version or his own original material, Red makes each one his own.
Tickets €20, bookings on 063-98727 or www.friarsgate.ie.