Cloud Nine presents a new play about the Easter Rising written by Fergus Campbell and directed by Neil Armstrong.
Cathy is an Irish Republican who wants her own gun so that she can become a proper soldier but her father, Bartley, thinks that she should stay at home and make tea. When they find Danny, a Geordie Soldier, near their house and take him prisoner during the Easter Rising of 1916, Cathy’s world is turned upside down. Danny tells them that he is a deserter but it that just a story that he makes up, and what will happen when Cathy finds herself falling out with her Republican comrade, Edward, and into bed with Danny?
The performance will last approximately one hour. The form of a rehearsed reading and will be followed by a Q & A session with Fergus Campbell, who lectures in Modern Irish History at Newcastle University. Fergus will address issues raised in the play and the course of the Rising Galway and the West.
There is no set admission charge but donations towards the cost of the festival are welcomed.
This premiere is sponsored by the Government of Ireland’s 1916 Commemoration Fund.