THE TRIAL OF PADRAIG PEARSE
Fri 2 Feb | 8.00pm | £12.00 | £10.00 [conc]
The Market Place Theatre, in association with Newpoint Players and The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School, is staging a rehearsed reading of Anthony Russell’s new play ‘The Trial Of Pádraig Pearse’. It examines the case for and against Pearse proceeding with the Easter rising.
In this ‘Court Of History’ Pearse is defended by John Mitchell [1815-1875], a physical force republican and former Young Ireland comrade of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. The prosecution is presented by D’Arcy McGee, the Irish rebel, Canadian patriot and Founding Father of Canadian Confederation, who will suggest the 1916 Rising was undemocratic and unnecessary. The tension between the acerbic prosecutor and the loquacious defender makes for riveting drama, interspersed by comic and
A superbly engaging dimension to the play sees the audience debate the issues in the play as jurors in the jury room. This facilitates a participative role for the audience enabling them to deliberate on the issues as presented by prosecution and
defence, as well as voting on the final outcome.
This event takes place in our Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.