The Great Hunger opens on monday Nov 13, continues on the 14/15/16 @ 8pm and also on sat 18th and 25th @ 2pm.
The Grand Inquisitor opens on Friday Nov 17, continues on the 18/20 @ 8pm and also on sat 25th @ 5pm.
The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge, Carleton, and Me opens Tues Nov 21st, continues on the 22/23/24/25 @ 8pm
Information on the Trilogy and each piece is available at www.smockalley.com
Some reasons why Trilogy is of significance and importance.
1 All three works are of great literary value from three great writers (even William Carleton’s Wildgoose lodge if to a lesser extent).
2 The three works span a history of over 100 yrs ie from early 19th C.Ireland (1816 in particular), late 19th C.Russia to 1930’s Ireland and over 200 yrs to the present.
3 The two Irish works originated in the South Monaghan area (WGL on border with Co Louth), where I also originally came from, if not in the immediate area.
5 It may be just complete co-incidence or it may reflect something in the ether that both Fintan O Toole ( I.T. series of articles aug 2117) and myself choose the same sub-title “The State of Us” for our work and it would seem entirely separately. I suppose one can believe everything is connected and for a reason or not !
7 It is Patrick Kavanagh’s (PK) 50th anniversary on the 30th of November and just after the Trilogy (including The Great Hunger) has finished performance in Smock Alley Theatre.
8 I understand that The G.H. was the first PK poem Seamus Heaney read and which was a great influence on him and his poetic development.
9 I was knocked off my Bike, un-conscious and injured in Sept 214, spent a night on a Trolley in ST James Hospital not allowed to move and kept reciting The G.H. to “pass the time”. In the morning when I was being taken to a ward, we passed the “The Patrick Kavanagh Ward” – it gave me a badly needed lift. When I started to get better I went in search of the P.K. ward but could not find it. It had been changed while I was there. Over the next few years I lobbied (registered my interest) to get another ward named after him and in late 2016 or early 2017 a new ward in Mercer’s Institute For Successful Ageing (MISA) was named after him !
14 Wildgoose Lodge by William Carleton is a great example of a 19th century gothic story – wild stormy weather, intimations of the supernatural, secret societies, late night secret church meeting combining oath taking and alcohol drinking, a horrific revenge burning, all written in dark foreboding language.
15 Peter Brook (the revered English theatre director) directed a production of The GI in 2006 which was staged in Dublin as part of the Dublin Theatre festival.
16 All three shows will be performed on Sat November 25 at 2pm (G.H.), 5pm (G.I.) and 8pm (WGL).