'a hilarious new comedy'
Written and directed by Gerard O'Shea
17th - 21st April, 8pm
One year after the dramatic, but failed, Dublin Rising
of 1916, the residents of the tiny Irish village of Kilfeckert
take up arms once more against the British Army. The rebels
occupy key buildings in the village and prepare to go to
war to defend the new Republic they have declared. As they
wait and ultimately go to war, leading figures from the
literary revival have begun to dramatise their exploits
for the stage, under the watchful eye of the parish priest.
And watching all of this unfold is an embedded TV crew,
filming a news documentary on the dramatic events.
Easter 1917 is a wild and hilarious ride through an alternative
view of Irish history. A laugh-out-loud comedy featuring
run-ins with cans of beans, attempted communications with
the Kaiser’s Germany, makeshift weapons, rebel in-fighting,
knowing in-jokes and all the drama, suspense and comedy
of a David versus Goliath clash with a few surprising plot
It is Irish history in all its glory and failure – political,
military, religious, artistic, sporting – as you’ve never
quite seen it before.
A large cast of new and familiar Moat Club actors bring
to life the rebels and writers, poets and priests, hurlers
and cricketers, soldiers and reporters that inhabit the
crazy, comic world of Kilfeckert at Easter 1917.
In recent times Gerard O’Shea has directed ‘The Playboy
of the Western World’, ‘The Seagull’ and ‘This Lime
Tree Bower’ at the Moat Club. As a writer, his short
‘Revolver’ appeared at the Moat in 2007, and ‘Skullduggery’
toured on three occasions by devise+conquer theatre
company in 2010/11, including a two-week run at Bewleys
Written by Hugh Leonard
directed by Pat Callaghan
Those who loved Da will remember
Drumm, young Charlie's employer. In A Life this intriguing
character is at the end of his life and setting his emotional
accounts in order. Two casts represent the young and the
old Desmond Drumm, his simple and loving wife, and the one
true love of his life, who rejected him for a lovable ne'er
do well. Now near death and isolated from the world by his "high
principles," Drumm comes to realize he has never given
his life or the people in it, a chance. "Eloquent, literate,
witty and touching."
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Following on from the very successful Christmas Craft & Food
Fair run by The Moat Club it was decided to run an Easter
Fair. This will take place in the auditorium on The Moat
Theatre on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th April from 10 am
Cakes * Jewellery (lots of!) * Knitwear * Bogoak Sculptures
* Hand made soaps and candles * Photography * Antique collectables
* Organic skin care * and much more!
Sat 7th & Sun 8th April from 10am
Moat Theatre, Naas. Admission: Free