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Enemy Of The Republic

Enemy Of The Republic

01 November 2023
Tickets:€ 16 plus 1.50 online booking fee

‘It is ordered that a time of national mourning be proclaimed
all amusements be suspended, all theatres and places of
public amusement be closed. Anyone refusing will be treated
as an enemy of the republic’ 

It is 1923. Playwright Malachy Sweeney has been thwarted
for ten years in his efforts to stage his brand new play. As
the Civil War draws to a close, the IRA’s Amusements Order
looks like foiling his plans yet again – until he alights on a
‘brilliant’ scheme! Inspired by his hero, WB Yeats – who wins
the Nobel Prize in the same year – Sweeney is determined
that the show must go on. Performed by just three actors,
this satiric comedy set during the concluding moments
of the founding decade of the state, sees Sweeney joined
by the hard-pressed theatre manager, an ambitious young
actress keen to make it in the ‘talkies’, their wealthy supporter
and culture impresario and many more, who make up this
madcap sideways glance at an alternative 1923. This is the
premiere performance of a new play to mark the Decade
of Commemorations, written by Gerard O’Shea, directed by
Lianne O’Shea.
Proudly supported by The County Kildare Decade of
Commemorations Committee & The Department of Tourism,
Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of
Centenaries Initiative 2012-23

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1 November 2023
8:00 pm
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