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Speeches and letters of Collins feature in 94th anniversary play

August 22nd, 2016 12:45 PM

By Southern Star Team

Dominic McHale as Michael Collins in A Great Arrangement by Pat Talbot. (Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision)

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A PLAY recalling some of patriot Michael Collins’ great speeches opens at the Everyman theatre in Cork next week, on the 94th anniversary of his death.

A Great Arrangement  by Patrick Talbot opens on Aug 22th, and it draws on Collins’ compelling speeches and the correspondence between him and Kitty Kiernan. 

Starring Dominic McHale as Michael Collins and Irene Kelleher as Kitty Kiernan, the play is set against the backdrop of the ferocious Irish War of Independence as Michael Collins and the Irish Delegation head to London to negotiate the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

 Meanwhile, one of the great tragic love stories of Irish history develops as the play draws on the letters between Collins and Kiernan, and some of the West Cork man’s best known speeches. 

 The legendary correspondence between the lovers paints a vivid picture of the private man. Also using Collins’ compelling speeches, the gripping Dail debates on the Treaty, and contemporaneous newspaper accounts of events, Pat Talbot brings to life a tumultuous time in Irish History.  The play presents an intimate portrait of a unique couple, and their divided country, at an extraordinary time.

 A Great Arrangement is at the Everyman, Cork, at 8pm on Monday, August 22nd  until Saturday September 3rd, (excluding Friday 26th). Tickets are €26, €23 concession, or €9 for students. 

It will transfer to the Gaiety Theate in Dublin where it will open on September 12th. 

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