The marking of the 1916 Centenary this year will continue at the Backstage Theatre on Saturday, September 24, led by two very special guests.
Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing have created a show, which tells a story of Ireland’s 1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916, shining an extra light on their significance.
Entitled ‘Dublin Burning’ the show features well-known and much-loved songs such as ‘Óro ‘sé do bheatha bhaile’, ‘The Tri-coloured Ribbon’, ‘A Nation Once Again’, ‘James Connolly’ and ‘A Soldier’s Song’, which would eventually be translated to Irish and become our National Anthem.
While creating the show, the duo examined the work of extraordinary people - men and women - who lived in Ireland around a hundred years ago, many of whom were writers, musicians, singers, dancers, artists, poets, painters, sculptors and dreamers.
Their Ireland was a country in a cultural revolution celebrating the rebirth of its language, music, song, art, history and folklore against a backdrop of British rule.
In a week, Dublin burned with desire, passion, anger, sadness and pride.
It was a momentous time in our history and the musicians’ hope is that ‘Dublin Burning’ will draw people to the story; educate and entertain them, and start a ripple that will send them away seeking more information and understanding of a very poignant, powerful, sad, sometimes gruesome, heroic and extremely important period of our history.
‘Dublin Burning’ comes to Backstage Theatre, Longford on Saturday, September 24 at 8pm. Tickets, costing €15, are available on 043 33 47888, from Farrell Coy or online on www.backstage.ie