We are going to do a show which tells the story of the 1916 Rising and we want to do this in an exciting and theatrical way. There will be two performers in the show who will use a wide range of skills, including song and dance, to tell the whole story of the Easter Rising.
We will tell the story from the perspective of the twin cultures that are an integral part of Irish history; one of the characters will be a Protestant, and one a Catholic, and there will be a lot of humourous banter between McKeague and O'Brien as they perform a blow by blow of the Rising and the events that led to it, including World War I.
Here's what the Irish Times said about a previous McKeague and O'Brien show:
"With high energy and enormous talent, psalm-spouting McKeague and roguish O'Brien create schooners, besieged cities, even the River Boyne itself out of four blue crates, a white sheet and a ladder. "The Battle of the Boyne and by way of interlude The Siege of (London) Derry is not intended to deliver moral judgements or to shatter stereotypes but to tell a good story. What a performance!"
Our plan is to present this show for a limited run initially, and then to tour it nationally, and hopefully iinternationally.
Our team comprises of:
Playwright & Director: Joe O' Byrne
Choreographer: Brendan de Gallai
Producers: Catherine Mullarkey and Kealan Mc Cluskey.
Joe O' Byrne is a director and writer for theatre. His own plays 'En Suite' played at the Abbey/ Peacock, and 'Departed' and 'The Sinking of the Titanic' at the Dublin Theatre Festival. He has also directed many productions, including 'Frank Pig Says Hello' by Patrick Mc Cabe and 'The Woman Who Walked Into Doors' by Roddy Doyle.
Brendan de Gallai is a professional Irish dancer who is best known for his lead role in Riverdance and as a TV personality on TG4. His recent production 'Nochtu' performed at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York to wide acclaim.
Catherine Mullarkey & Kealan Mc Cluskey are founders of the Powerscourt Theatre and are the creative directors and producers of Jig, the Story of Irish Dance. Jig is a live, multi-media Irish dance show that runs year round in the Powerscourt Theatre.
The Rising will run from the 17th June 2013 to 29th June 2013 in the Powerscourt Theatre located in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Clarendon Street , Dublin 2.
The Theatre is available free of charge for rehearsals and directors and stage hands will be provided at no cost. Funds raised will cover actors fees, construction of the set and costumes.
We are immensely grateful for any support you can give us , no matter how small, to assist us to stage this exciting new show.
Many thanks , the Rising team.