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12 Days in May

category dublin | arts and media | opinion/analysis author Monday November 16, 2009 16:26author by Liam Griffin - Save HQ16 Moore St. Campaignauthor email liam.griffin at mymeteor dot ieauthor address 404 Tallaght Cross Hotelauthor phone 0851407611 Report this post to the editors

(The Last Days of James Connolly)

Brand new play about James Connolly's last days awaiting executecution.Unlike most plays about the Easter Rising where the leaders are depicted as archetypal and distant mythological figures here the protaganists strike you as human and familiar.Alternating between scenes portraying Jim,s family,his youth and the pollitical/millitary background the play is both deeply moving and informative.With a large cast of men,women & children the production itself reflects the ideals of equality and solidarity the subject deserves !
continues at Liberty Hall Theatre,Dublin until 28th.Nov.

Interestingly it was observed to me afterwards that the large number of women with full speaking parts reinforced the egalitarian sub-text to the play.Neither is there any of the tokenism or working class stereotypes in the play whatsoever i.e. drunks,whores,malingerers or half educated bar geniuses that we associate with O'Casey or Behan.The dying Jim Connolly revisits scenes from his youth,as an agitator,husband of Lillie and grieving father of his daughter Mona.Jim's rough working class manner and humour does not conceal his compassionate nature which earns the enduring respect of his comrades and captors alike.Meanwhile the villans of the play:British officers with their arrogance who want to teach Ireland a lesson or the Dublin political class with their opportunism are all played as real characters i.e. human all too human.

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author by Colin O' Learypublication date Tue Nov 17, 2009 01:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I saw this play last week and I thought it was a beautiful piece of theatre. I found it very moving even if it is heavy going at times. It brought history to life. The production though not without it's faults did the play justice. I did not get a programme but some of the acting was excellent particularyly the actresses who played James Connoly's wife Lillie and his daughter Nora. Also there is a terrific portrayal of William Murphy, who ran the Irish Independent during the the 1916 rising. I would reccomend this play highly.

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