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The Blackstairs Trilogy 07/04/16

| April 7, 2016

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Three One-Act Plays written by Eoghan Rua Finn

Three one-act plays telling the story of Wexford people during the revolutionary period, from 1916 to post-Civil War Ireland.

Raven Theatre proudly presents the premiere of Volunteer and The Wringing, and All-Ireland Drama Finalist Come Along The Road Until You Stop Dead.

Written by award-winning Wexford playwright Eoghan Rua Finn, the trilogy is a heart-stopping blend of tragedy, dark comedy and suspense and is considered a must-see show this year.

The production has been backed by the Wexford County Council 1916 Commemoration Local Grants Scheme.

Performance Dates

16th April in the Athenaeum, Enniscorthy

21st-24th April in Wexford Arts Centre

 

Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins, with 2 intervals.

Background

Eoghan Rua Finn is 28 years old and was born in Dublin to Wexford parents, but has lived in Wexford for most of the past seventeen years. He has been writing plays for around seven years.

Eoghan Rua’s first produced play Come Along the Road Until You Stop Dead was selected by playwright Billy Roche as one of three winners in a playwriting competition in Wexford and was produced by Newline Theatre in December 2014. The play was then performed by Enniscorthy Drama Group in the All-Ireland One-Act Drama Festival, reaching the All-Ireland Final in Galway in December. The group won over a dozen awards on the road to the final, including Eoghan Rua winning an Adjudicator Prize for new writing.

Inspiration

The trilogy is three stories about characters trying to come to terms with themselves, at different crisis points in their own lives, during crisis points in the life of the country. The Easter Rising, The War of Independence and the Civil War. And these events, in which the country is in upheaval, mirror in different ways the personal upheaval at the centre of each story.

 

The Plays

Volunteer 

Synopsis: A veteran of World War 1 is ostracised by his community upon returning from Europe. On the eve of the Easter Rising in Enniscorthy he is offered a final chance at redemption.

Volunteer is directed by Michael Conway. Michael is a director and actor who is well-known on the Wexford drama scene having acted in various productions including ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’, ‘The Weir’, ‘By the Bog of Cats’ and most recently ‘Ghost Radio’ during last year’s Opera Festival. He made his directorial debut in 2011 and has directed a number of plays since then including Raven Theatre’s inaugural production of ‘Family Plot’ last May.

 

The Wringing

Synopsis: A young Wexford man runs away to Dublin during the War of Independence. He is faced with the reality of warfare during a late night encounter with an enigmatic clock maker.

The Wringing is directed by Dominic Palmer and Colum Kavanagh. Dominic is director and performer with over two decades of experience and has produced his own material, and has performed Shakespeare around the country and continent.

Colum is a published author and playwright and has been shortlisted for PJ O’ Connor award.
Come Along The Road Until You Stop Dead

Synopsis: Two men from opposing sides of the civil war meet in the middle of the night to settle old scores.

Come Along The Road is directed by Anna Hayes. Anna has directed several plays in the last couple of years: The Sweet Shop, the self-penned Crash Barrier and The River to much acclaim.

 

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