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.