Against the Odds

Festival Of New 'London Irish' Plays 2018 - A Tragic Carmody by Brian Whelan, What's the Story by Maureen Alcorn, Mosley Must Fall by Martin McNamara.
Against the Odds at Lion & Unicorn Theatre

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Genre: Multi-show
Venue: The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Festival:Festival of London Irish Plays 2018
Started: Tuesday 20 February 2018
Closed: Saturday 3 March 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available


Green Curtain theatre was set up in 2011 to produce new work for the Irish community in London.

It provides opportunities for writers, actors and directors drawn from, but not exclusively, the London Irish diaspora.

Note: the festival also plays at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham.


A Tragic Carmody by Brian Whelan

In his first play celebrated contemporary artist Brian Whelan tells the true story of his collaboration with the late artist Danny Carmody as they attempt to stage an exhibition of London Irish art.

Danny, a builder, was a self-taught artist who believed in painting big.

His works were the size of a small carpet and reflected the 'rawness and soreness' of his life.

Brian never doubted the talent of his friend, but how will the artistic world and his own London Irish community respond to his work?

What's the Story by Maureen Alcorn


Two young Irish girls join the thousands leaving their native land to take up nursing posts in war torn London.

How will they fair amongst the bombs and rationing as they care for TB patients in the Lewisham hospital to which they are sent?

This 'imagined play' is a tribute to the real life Staff Nurse Mary Fleming and Senior Assistant Nurse Aileen Turner, two Irish women awarded the George Medal in 1941.

Mary's citation when she received the honour read: "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".

Mosley Must Fall by Martin McNamara

October 1936.

Tensions are rising in the streets of East London as Oswald Mosley and his fascists prepare to march through the Jewish and Irish ghettos.

And tensions are running high in the McEnroe household.

Liam McEnroe, a damaged veteran of the Dublin Easter Rising in 1916, is determined his two sons will stay out of the fray, but the conflict and the conflicting forces of British fascism, Left wing radicals, devout Irish Catholicism and cross religious love are threatening to rip his family apart.

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Previews from:Tuesday 20 February 2018

Closes:Saturday 3 March 2018

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm






A Tragic Carmody by Brian Whelan

What's the Story by Maureen Alcorn

Mosley Must Fall by Martin McNamara

Director: Anne Curtis
Production: Green Curtain theatr

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