I Am Of Ireland by Seamus Finnegan
Monday 30 April 2018
Drama - London Fringe - Shows
An exciting new play by one of Ireland's most perceptive writers, Seamus Finnegan, will premiere at the Old Red Lion this summer, directed by Ken McClymont.
Image: Old Red Lion Theatre
Seamus Finnegan (Act of Union, Soldiers, North) will get a premiere of his new play - I Am Of Ireland - at the Old Red Lion from 5 to 30 June 2018.
The play, directed by Ken McClymont, examines the state of a divided nation and Ireland's increasingly important role in Europe.
For some in Ireland, immigration and the border between the North and South have replaced sectarianism as central issues needing discussion.
As a result, aggressive, passionate personalities may intrude on those who want only calm, peace and generosity.
However, I Am Of Ireland aims to remind us that there is still compassion and understanding in Ireland.
Through multiple storylines, the characters explore and examine the loss of religious faith, the disillusionment of Irish Republican ideals, the confusion of the Roman Catholic Church and the self-destruction of Ulster Loyalism.
The playwright has worked closely with Scottish theatre director and artist, Ken McClymont over a 20 year period since 1998.
Their work together has included seven productions at the Old Red Lion most notably Dead Faces Laugh, Disapora Jigs and Murder In Bridgport.
Commenting on this state of the nation play and his work with the playwright, Ken McClymont says ...
"It is a great challenge and privilege to be asked to direct a new Seamus Finnegan play in the venue where we first met and worked together.
Through the years Seamus's works demand that we watch, listen and ask questions of ourselves, I Am Of Ireland is this; a touching, funny, brutal and special play that provokes and seduces our emotions."
About the playwright
Seamus Finnegan has written over 30 stage plays in including: Tout (RSC Barbican), The German Connection (The Young Vic), James Joyce and the Israelites (Lyric, Hammersmith & First International Festival of Jewish Theatre, Tel Aviv) and others produced in London, Israel and the USA.
Seven volumes of his work have been published and past productions of Finnegan's work at Old Red Lion Theatre include Dead Faces Laugh, Disapora Jigs and Murder In Bridgport; all directed by Ken McClymont.
About the director
Ken McClymont graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
He was Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Theatre, London from 1988 - 2002 and won Outstanding Contribution To Fringe Theatre Award in 1989-1990.
He has directed and designed over 40 productions of predominantly new writing.
Recently directing/design credits include: Greg Freeman's Montagu (dir. Tabard Theatre 2017), The Poetry Of Exile by Peter Hamilton (White Bear Theatre 2017), Playground by Peter Hamilton (Old Red Lion).
'A HUNDRED THOUSAND WELCOMES!'
But is the myth of open-hearted Ireland which her sons, daughters and visitors love, gone?
Humour remains, sectarianism declines but racist violence is on the up - ask the new black priest Father Flannagan.
As faith and idealism wane can Catholic Mary, Republican Dominic or Loyalist Derek still believe now, now, NOW?
Author: Seamus Finnegan
Director: Ken Mcclymont
Designer: Ken McClymont
From: Tuesday 5 June 2018
Closes: Saturday 30 June 2018
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