Saturday March 25th
Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith
We have five new short plays and great monologues for you to watch; all inspired by well known Irish songs:
The Town I Loved So Well, Danny Boy, The Leaving of Liverpool, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, Dublin in the Rare Old Times and Cockles and Mussels
All the plays will be performed by professional actors. Will Finn our fantastic singer will be there to sing the songs and we’ll give you a song sheet so that you can join in. It should be a lot of fun and a great night out.
All just for £10/£8 concessions plus booking fee.
Booking click here for tickets
Plays , Playwrights and Cast
“The Leaving of Liverpool” by Maureen Alcorn
Trapped in a lift Siobhan and Patrick recall the events which got them there.
Maureen decided to try her hand at playwriting for an adult audience, following a successful career as a teacher of English and Drama. Maureen’s previously published work includes educational text books and scripts for murder mystery evenings. Her play “Crows by Day, Jackals by Night” was performed as part of the “In the Shadow or in the Shelter” festival and drew heavily on the experiences of her Donegal father in Burma during WW2.
“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” by Max Barrett
Three women and a clergyman at a funeral recall their memories of twinkly-eyed Shaun, an English soldier of Irish descent who has died young in Iraq – and, who in his personal life, turns out to have done rather more than any of the four funeral guests may have imagined.
Max is a judge of the High Court of Ireland. When not writing judgments, he enjoys writing plays. ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’ is his latest work and he is delighted that it is getting its first performance outside Ireland.
“Dublin in the Rare Old Times” by Anne Curtis
If you’d told barman Rory waiting in his empty London pub for the highlight of his year: the Cheltenham festival to begin, that he wouldn’t mind his afternoon’s viewing being interrupted by a stranger on the way back from a memorial, he’d never have believed you. But as Yeats said: “There are no strangers here, only friends who haven’t met”.
Anne was born in Cork City and came to England as a child, returning regularly for holidays. Anne is the founder of “Green Curtain Productions” theatre and the first London Irish One Act play festival “In the Shadow or in the Shelter”. Her play “Just Above Dogs” has been described as a “must see” for Irish of all generations.
“The Town I Loved So Well” by Dee McCauley
Mick who had left Northern Ireland for London to escape the violence returns to try and persuade his family to come back to England with him, only to find that for some ‘home’ is more important than safety.
A native of Kilkenny, Dee came to London in the 1950s where she subsequently married and retrained as an English teacher. Following a successful career in West London Dee headed for the warmer climate of Crete where she taught English to Greek students. Now living back in London, Dee’s love of language and literature is reflected in her regular trips to the theatre and cinema. This play is an abridged version of her first play “Come All Ye Men and Lay Me Down” .
“Danny Boy” by Gemma Mills McGrath
Following the death of his wife, Danny a middle-aged man hears from an old flame from his twenties, but when they meet up he discovers it’s not for the consolation he expected but a different proposition altogether.
London born Gemma is an award-winning writer and published poet whose work reflects her Spanish and Irish heritage. Gemma’s TV, film, radio projects have shortlisted in US/UK competitions and BBC Radio 4 drama commission rounds.
“Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms” by Martin McNamara
In a room in sheltered housing for the elderly, an assistant is putting an old man’s clothes into a refuse bag. He recalls why funerals are so important to this man.
A second generation Irish Londoner, Martin has written many plays including those that reflect his heritage. These have been performed at several venues on the London Fringe including at The Soho Theatre, Brockley Jack, 503 Theatre and Theatre N16 as well as part of “In the Shadow or in the Shelter” play festival. Martin who won the BBC Northern Ireland/Tony Doyle screenwriters bursary was a member of the 2014 Royal Court Writers group. Martin has produced and presented original programmes for BBC Radio Four and written for national newspapers.
Will Finn is a native of Charleville, Co. Cork (the home of the famous 1980’s cheese queen competition) and has been London-Irish since the early ‘90s.
Will, who is a psychologist and programme manager started singing at a young age in the Irish school of ‘get up there and sing a song’ and more recently has begun to study music and singing. Having been a stalwart indie music fan (Smiths and Stone Roses) he is astonished to have discovered a huge admiration for the voice of the great Irish tenor, John McCormack.
Cast in Alphabetical Order
Tom has been acting since 2010. He has been involved with the Groundlings theatre in Portsmouth, Titchfield Festival Theatre and City Wall Productions. He has also appeared in two feature films, three TV programmes, a music video, two video games, and a number of short films. Tom also writes his own material.
Although Jordan is currently a full time drama student, he is no newcomer to the profession having been acting and modelling since the age of three. Jordan’s experience includes several community productions, carnival, short films and TV.
Multi-talented actress Jasmin trained in Dublin. She has been working professionally in the industry for 3 years in various mediums including short films, voice over and YouTube sketches. She also writes her own sketches and plays.
Jacqui has been working in the entertainment industry for many years. She has had a variety of roles in TV, film and theatre where she has worked both as an actor and dancer as well as taking part in corporate events.
A recent mature entrant to the profession, Roisin trained in New York where she began her acting career. She has been a regular on the London Fringe since she arrived for the past two years. She has acted in a variety of roles including Diana Hamilton Guggenheim (I’ll Tell Me Ma) to critical acclaim.
Aonghus from Dublin has worked extensively in TV and film. In Ireland, he was a founding cast member of TG4’s long running soap opera ‘Ros na Rún’ and a cast member of RTE’s television drama series ‘Glenroe’ and Irish language TV drama ‘1916 Seachtar Anaithnid’. Theatre includes ‘We Are Not Here’ (Dublin Theatre Festival), ‘Juno and the Paycock’ (Glasgow Citizens Theatre,) ‘Playboy of the Western World’, (Arches Glasgow), ‘The Merchant of Venice’ (Union Theatre) and ‘Execution of Justice’. (Southwark Playhouse).