Two Upcoming Productions At The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

Prime Cut Productions  present  Patrick Marber’s

After Miss Julie

 

Patrick Marber is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. He has won three awards for his stage playCloser including the Laurence Oliver Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. His screenplay Notes of a Scandal won best screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards and was also nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award.

 

Two Upcoming Productions At The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

After Miss Julie at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles. Image by Ciaran Bagnall

After Miss Julie portrays the complex relationship between chauffeur John [Ciaran McMenamin] and the lady of the house Julie [Lisa Dwyer Hogg].  The ill-fated pair are caught up in a lustful tryst one evening ultimately sealing their fate. The play focuses on the struggle of power between Julie and John displayed through their dominating characters and physical relationship with one another. Central themes of the play revolve around gender politics and class, which plays an important part in shaping the characters irrational decisions, ultimately determining a tragic end.

 

Both character’s moral foundations are repeatedly disrupted once John’s fiancée Christine, played by Pauline Hutton, is introduced to the love affair. What seems like a simple one-night affair develops into a complex chain of events that will fascinate audiences.

 

Ciaran McMenamin, Lisa Dywer Hogg and Pauline Hutton are all experienced established actors on both stage and film with exceptional stage performances seen from each throughout their careers. Emma Jordan is a critically acclaimed director with this production coming hot on the heels of her acclaimed production of Stacey Gregg’s Scorch.

Two Upcoming Productions At The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

Markievicz on Trial at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles. Image by Ciaran Bagnall.

Emma Jordan: “I am so excited to be directing After Miss Julie – I can honestly say that I think Marber’s rework of this classic play is genius. The placing of the action of the play at such a time of seismic change in Ireland and Britain is truly inspiring – the breaking down of the class relationships between the characters is directly mirrored in a world radically changed by World War II and the imminent rise of Labour government”

 

★★★★ “A drama with an erotic difference, a blast from the past that feels like a play for today”

The Daily Telegraph

 

★★★★ “Startlingly powerful…leaves you reeling.” The Times

 

★★★★ ”Scintillating.”Evening Standard

 

After Miss Julie

The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Tuesday 22 March @ 8pm

 

For all bookings and enquiries  ring 0504-90204 Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 2-5pm or book online at  www.thesourceartscentre.ie

 

MADAME de MARKIEVICZ ON TRIAL

 

Madame de Markievicz was an unusual figure. She was born Constance Georgine Gore-Booth and lived in Lissadell House in the north of County Sligo. She later rejected her Anglo Irish upbringing and became involved in nationalist politics and the 1916 rising. During the rising she was appointed second in command to Michael Mallin in St Stephen’s Green. She was involved in the murder of Police Constable Lahiff , a 23 year old man from Clare who was unarmed at the time of the attack. This play sets out to dramatise the events of her trial for the murder of the Police Constable. It is set in a courtroom and a prison cell during the autumn of 1917, and the dialogue is largely based on the actual extensive speeches made by Markievicz during this time.

 

The play has a cast of 6 actors, Barbara Dempsey as Madame de Markievicz and Neill Fleming as theProsecutor. Apart from the prosecutor, all the characters are based on actual people and each one is impressive in their strength of character. William May, the prosecutor and sole fictional character in the drama, is the Devil’s Advocate. He trawls through all aspects of Madame’s life and times, from her birth to 1917, to challenge the misinformation created by post-1916 here say. Completing the cast are Amy O’Dwyer, Andrea Kelly, Siofra O’Meara and Ian Meehan.

 

The testimonies of the witnesses, including Dr Kathleen Lynn, Helena Molony, Margaret Skinnider, Geraldine Fitzgerald and William O’Brien of the ITGWU, are interwoven to show that Constance de Markievicz was a normal multi-dimensional woman in contrast to the usual one-dimensional icon frequently presented. The audience will be the ultimate judge, because the conclusion of this remarkable production enables the audience to decide the final verdict, innocent or guilty.

 

MADAME de MARKIEVICZ ON TRIAL is written by Ann Matthews and directed by Anthony Fox. Following its return visit to The New Theatre Dublin on 1st March as part of the 1916 Centenary Commemoration, the production will embark on a nationwide tour of 15 theatre venues which will begin in Listowel on 18th March and will end with a special invitation to perform at The Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, on 23rd April, 2016.

 

The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Wednesday 13 April @ 2pm

 

For all bookings and enquiries  ring 0504-90204 Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 2-5pm or book online at  www.thesourceartscentre.ie

 

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