The festival took place between Tuesday February 20th – Saturday 17th March 2018 at the following venues:
Lion and Unicorn. Kentish Town, London NW5
Bread and Roses, Clapham London SW4
Lewisham Irish Centre, Davenport Road, London SE6
London Irish Centre, Camden London NW1
‘A Tragic Carmody’ by Brian Whelan
In his first play international artist Brian Whelan tells the story of his collaboration with Camden artist Danny Carmody as they attempted to stage an exhibition of London Irish art . Danny a builder was a self taught artist who believed in painting big. Not only were his paintings the size of a small carpet they also reflected the ‘rawness and soreness” of his life. Having talent is not enough- how will the artistic and his own community respond to his work?
‘Mosley Must Fall’ by Martin McNamara
Early October 1936 and tensions are running high in the McEnroe household. Jim, a volunteer in the Easter Rising now living in East London is tired of revolution and urges his two sons to stay at home when Oswald Mosley and his fascists march towards Stepney. Will he succeed in persuading them and how will the position of Church and State in Ireland impact their decisions?
‘What’s the Story?’ by Maureen Alcorn
In 1940 two young women join the many who leave their native Ireland to nurse in south east London. How will they adapt amongst the bombs and rationing as they nurse TB patients in their Lewisham hospital?
This ‘ imagined play’ has been written as a tribute to Staff Nurse Mary Fleming and Senior Assistant Nurse Aileen Turner, two Irish nurses who were awarded the George Medal in 1941.
Mary’s citation read that she received the George Medal for:
“for her quickness, coolness and courage in rescuing seventeen patients from almost certain death after the Grove Park Hospital was shattered by a German bomb”
Rehearsed Reading- The Green Crow by Jan Harris
Performed at the London Irish Centre on Monday 5th March 2018
The play takes place over one day in 1964; one of the last days in the life of the playwright Sean O’Casey in his home Devon where he is living in exile having turned his back on Dublin and the Abbey Theatre. John, a young naïve intruder, wants O’Casey to autograph three old scripts, given to him by his “Auld Granny”, from the Abbey Theatre. He has nothing more on his mind than one day soon they might be valuable. How will Eileen and Sean O’Casey respond to his request and what if anything will John learn from the encounter?
“Every Picture Tells A Story “- Monologues and Playlets
Performed at the London Irish Centre, London NW1 on Tuesday 6th March 7.30pm
Last year we invited people to write a short monologue or playlet that had taken its inspiration from a painting by an Irish artist. We have had a great response with many people from all over the country taking part. This evening, we showcase the winning entries and those who came close’ with pieces being performed by professional actors.
Do come along and support them.
Across the Water-
A diaspora celebration for St Patricks Day 17th March
Join us a the Bread and Roses in Clapham for a great event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. We will be singing the Saint’s praise in true diaspora style with show of Irish songs, playlets and stories that have all been set in England. Do join us. It promises to be an evening of great fun.