with Jermyn Street Theatre
Easter Rising and Thereafter
Written by Christopher Bland
Set Designer Petra Hjortsberg
Lighting Designer Richard Williamson
April 24 1916 – Easter Monday – a group of Irish nationalists stage a rebellion against the British government in Ireland in an attempt to establish an independent Republic. Within a week, the insurrection is suppressed and more than 2,000 people are dead or injured. The leaders of the rebellion are executed, and a mythology is born.
Timed to coincide with the centenary of the insurrection, Sir Christopher Bland’s The Easter Rising – and thereafter is part drama, part revue, part session. Incorporating poems, songs and speeches by W.B. Yeats, Dominic Behan, James Mangan, Louis MacNeice, Walter Savage Landor, Roger Casement, Winston Churchill, Sean O’Casey and others, it reveals the contrasting takes of the Easter Rising, the War of Independence, the Civil War and their legacies for Britain and Ireland. Shedding light on this often skewed period of history and in so doing, illuminating it.
Sir Christopher Bland is an Anglo-Irishman whose critically-acclaimed first novel, Ashes in the Wind, was published by Head of Zeus in 2014. His family came from County Kerry and he was brought up in County Down. His second novel, Cathar, is being published by Head of Zeus in the autumn of 2016. He is a former chairman of BT plc, the BBC, LWT, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Hammersmith Hospitals Trust. He fenced for Ireland in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3.30pm
28th April – SOLD OUT