The centenary season of events commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin is reaching a finale with a bang – The Trial of Roger Casement, is based on a true event which occurred in 1916.
Arrested and interned in the Tower of London, Casement was the sixteenth and last of the leaders of the Irish Easter Rising to be executed. While the others were court-martialled and shot, Casement was tried under Common Law and hanged. His trial was fraught with difficulty and sabotaged in various ways. It rested on a legal technicality which this play seeks to untangle. It also tells the story of what preceded the trial and made it one of the most notorious in modern history.