6th - 7th May 2016
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The British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland.
On the eve of the 1916 Rising, Edinburgh-born James Connolly endures a coal-black night of the soul in the bowels of Liberty Hall. As the fighting begins he is barricaded within the GPO battling against the might of the British Empire until surrender, imprisonment and then brutal execution in the stone-breakers’ yard of Kilmainham Gaol.
This one-man play explores Connolly’s life as a revolutionary, poet, union organiser, author, publisher, international socialist, feminist, British soldier and deserter, playwright, street corner orator, labourer, military strategist, family man, self-educated historian, journalist, firebrand agitator, husband, relentless scourge of the Victorian predatory capitalist profiteers, Irish freedom fighter and martyr.
Written and directed by multi-award-winning team of playwright Martin McCardie and actor Brian McCardie (who plays Connolly in the RTÉ TV serial Rebellion, for broadcast in 2016), Connolly’s own words, the recollections of fellow Irish volunteers, and the testimony of his adored daughter, Nora Connolly O’Brien, are all used to bring a personal and human perspective to the momentous events of 1916.
Written and directed by Martin McCardie
Performed by Brian McCardie
Supported by Unison