Many of the participating poets had been enthusiastic supporters of the Gaelic League – Irish language advocates, poets, playwrights, newspaper writers on cultural and socialist matters. Their loss must have been a severe one to the emergent Free State.
Early on there is lots of inconsequential banter, but once the real story-telling starts, the veneers maintained by the men are stripped away, revealing somewhat complex human beings
one imagines that, as with all oral story-tellers, the verse tethers memory to the story’s emotional highs and lows.
Nora Barnacle was known to be a plain speaking woman, practical, stoical, yet with as much mettle in her as there was in Joyce.
Well-chosen film clips enrich the audience’s experience of the play,
Renee Huish would count this play, In Search of Owen Roe, as one of the finest she has enjoyed at the much-loved theatre (La Mama).
An account of a theatrical performance by Niki na Meadhra Celtic Club, 29 March 2015. Niki na Meadhra performed her one-woman show, Dancing the Bones of Irish Myth and Legend, to a mixed audience of Celtophiles, Narrato-philes, and some enthralled adults and children, at the Celtic Club on Sunday 29 March. It was storytelling taken …
Riverrun, the theatrical tour de force based on the final section of Finnegans Wake, devised and performed by Olwen Fouéré, in making the choice to dramatise the Liffey rather than the characters offers an unexpected but very clarifying innovation…
In summation, ‘A Long Way to Tipperary’ proved itself a most fitting tribute to the 200,000 Irish men and women who served in the Great War, with 50,000 (one in every four) of them making the supreme sacrifice.
All the actors are also musicians, and fantastic musicians, and dancers. Fiddles, banjos, double basses, guitars, a drum kit, tambourine, piano accordion, concertina