A specially-commissioned play, written by Mike Kenny
A World Premiere
How one child keeps it together
while war breaks out on the streets of his home town…
Christy (Bullet) Brady is a boy with a mission. He wants to be the fastest runner in his street. If he can only run fast enough, he’ll be taken on as a messenger boy and maybe earn a bit of money for his family.
Europe is at war and in Dublin times are hard. When the Easter Rising kicks off, revolution is the last thing on Christy’s mind. He’s just carrying a message for his Ma. It turns out to be just the first of many messages he carries that week, and each one takes him closer and closer to the heart of the conflict.
The Messenger looks at the impact of the Rising on ordinary families like the Brady’s, and at the messages that history carries from the past to the present. The play offers the opportunity to take a wider view of children’s lives in conflict today.
For children aged 8+ Running time: 60 mins approx
County Kilkenny Schools booking The Messenger will be offered a free drama workshop in their school, exploring the themes of the play. Barnstorm has collaborated with Ann Murtagh, teacher and Tutor at Kilkenny Education Centre, to create this resource. Futher details on booking.
This initiative is supported by Kilkenny County Council as part of their Centenary Programme.
|Da & various roles: Michael Bates||Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny:||Wed 16 Nov: 11am
|Ma & various roles: Pamela Flanagan||056 776 1674||Thur 17 Nov: 10am & 12.30|
|Jimmy & various roles: Fionn Foley||Fri 18 Nov: 11am|
|Molly & various roles: Meg Healy||Mon 21 Nov: 10am & 12.30|
|Christy: Conal O'Shiel|
|Director: Philip Hardy||Family performances:
|Set Design: Andrew Clancy||Fri 18 Nov : 7.30pm|
|Costume Design: Mary McGuinness||Sat 19 Nov: 7.30pm|
|Lighting Design: Mark Galione|
|Composer/ Sound Design: Jack Cawley|
|Movement Director: Ella Clarke|
|Video Design: Kilian Waters|
|Producer/ Production Manager: Vincent Dempsey|
|Stage Manager: Steve Rider|
|Production (Dublin): Ronan Smith|
|Asst Stage Manager: Cain Lynch|
|Illustration: Ale Mercado|
|Graphic Design: Tom Feehan|
|Photography: Dylan Vaughan|
|PR & Marketing: Nuala Roche|
|Classroom Activity Pack: Anna Galligan & Ann Murtagh|