To Have To Shoot Irishmen at Omnibus Theatre
Tuesday 11 September 2018
Off-West End - Shows
Inspired by the murder of Irish pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington during the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, Lizzie Nunnery's new play explores fractured national identity and the chaotic legacy of British military intervention.
Image: Omnibus Theatre
Inspired by true events, this new play with songs by Lizzie Nunnery - To Have To Shoot Irishmen - weaves movement and live folk song into a stirring tale of militarism, corruption and the power of rebellion.
Directed by Gemma Kerr (Hitting Town, Southwark Playhouse), To Have to Shoot Irishmen will play at Omnibus Theatre from 2 to 20 October 2018 and will then tour until 6 November - find below show details for the Omnibus run and links to buy tickets.
Inspired by the murder of Irish pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington during the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, the play explores fractured national identity and the chaotic legacy of British military intervention, and examines the shattering impact of those events on his wife and feminist activist Hanna, on William the young soldier who guarded Frank, and on Vane the idealistic commander who bears the news of the killing.
Top (from left) Gerard Kearns, Elinor Lawless (bottom row) Robbie O'Neill, Russell Richardson
The cast includes:
Gerard Kearns (Ian Gallagher in Shameless, The Mark of Cain, The Last Kingdon, and Mike Leigh's forthcoming film Peterloo)
Elinor Lawless (The End of Hope, Soho Theatre; King Charles III, Wyndham's Theatre and Bakkhai, Almedia Theatre)
Robbie O'Neill (Little Boy Blue, ITV and Jonathan Strange and Dr Norrell, BBC)
Russell Richardson (An August Bank Holiday Lark, Northern Broadsides).
'Could peace come after? After what? Who will we be?'
Easter morning, 1916.
Gunshots ring out in the Dublin streets.
In her suburban sitting-room Hanna prepares for revolution.
While Frank walks through the crowds calling for peace, John walks through his nightmares of the trenches and sees a city soaked in blood.
18-year-old William fearfully reports to the barracks for duty, determined to serve the British army with honour.
But can honour survive the chaos of conflict, and once unleashed can violence ever be contained?
Author: Lizzie Nunnery
Composer: Vidar Norheim and Lizzie Nunnery
Director: Gemma Kerr
Designer: Rachael Rooney