The New Theatre, celebrating 20 years of presenting new writing in Ireland, are bringing Ledwidge by Gearoid Humphreys to Kilkenny this week.
If you caught Lockdown in last year’s programme, you’ll love Ledwidge.
The show tells the story of Francis Ledwidge, sniper and war poet, and celebrates 100 years since his death.
Francis Ledwidge (Ethan Dillon) is torn between his love for Shivvie (Katie O’Kelly), and Ellie (Amy O’Dwyer), his friend and confidante. In spite of their fears, he enlists in Captain Dunsany’s (Ian Meehan) regiment, and is dispatched to Suvla Bay.
Excelling as a sniper, Ledwidge distinguishes himself at Gallipoli, but the poet remains conflicted.
BBC Stewart Parker Award winning writer Gerard Humphreys’ ‘LEDWIDGE’, explores the poet’s personal conflict during World War I and his early life as a trade union activist in a class ridden society on the eve of revolution. ‘LEDWIDGE’ presents its subject in the context of his art and politics, bringing to life the adventurous spirit of Ireland’s greatest war poet.
Waterford-based playwright and director Jim Nolan is bringing Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye on tour this month and next with the assistance of Garter Lane Theatre.
Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean.
As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.
Ahead of the show, Jim spoke to Ken McGuire on KCLR96FM about the impact of the story, the reaction to its debut in 2016 and what exactly Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is all about.
Take a listen below and book your tickets here before Wednesday night.
Big Bobby Little Bobby is on the way on Wednesday 15 February.
Ahead of the show, writer and performer Camille Lucy Ross has been chatting to KCLR about developing the show, audience reactions around the country and much more besides.
Take a listen below and book tickets here when you’re done 🙂
About The Show
‘Big Bobby. Little Bobby’ is a twisted tender comedy; a one woman tour-de-force about keeping your demons sweet. Bobby has shared a bed with Mammy who sleeps in her tights, plays games in the night and guzzles bottles under the stairs. It’s time for Bobby to get out. Alone in the silence of Granny’s old house, Little Bobby appears, filling Bobby’s head with self-loathing, filthy urges and occasionally a push in the right direction. A deliciously dark tale about inner critics, awkward romance and dealing with your dark side. This award-winning show has played sell out runs at Brighton Fringe, First Fortnight & Dublin Fringe.