Spirit of the Rising

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Calry Drama are delighted to present a special dramatic production “Spirit of the Rising” for the centenary celebration of 1916. It will be held in the Arts Space in Hazelwood Estate, on Wednesday 23rd March at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are strictly limited for this one-night-only production. The story highlights the struggle for Irish freedom, encapsulating the exceptional bravery of not only the men but also the women of Cumann na mBan, with their President, our local heroine Countess Markievicz. It follows the main players of the Rising, capturing the highs and lows of the weeks encounters and culminates in the shocking executions of the leaders; Tom Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Pádraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, Eamon Ceannt and Thomas Mac Donagh of The Irish Republican Brotherhood and James Connolly, leader of the Irish Citizen Army.

The piece includes powerful performances from local musicians and singers, including the ballads “My Old Fenian Gun”, “The Foggy Dew”, “A Nation Once Again” and “Only Our Rivers Run Free”. A strong, spiritual element is treaded throughout the play as past and present collide in timeless sequences. The piece aims to remember all those involved on both sides of the Rising, with poignant performances from Lord Wimbourne and Brigadier Lowe.

There will be a unique blend of onscreen and onstage performances by Co-Director Mike Guckian of the award-winning Sligeach Films. Tickets are available from cast members or Regional Stores.

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