The new play ‘A Great Arrangement: Michael Collins, Kitty Kiernan, and the forging of a nation’ brings a famous revolutionary romance to the stage.
By The Irish Revolution Project
All of the play’s dialogue is taken directly from correspondence between ‘the Big Fellow’ and his fiancé Kitty Kiernan, complimented by letters, speeches, memoirs, and newspapers reports.
Playwright and director Patrick Talbot uses protagonists’ own words to construct a narrative of the independence struggle, the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations, and the slide towards Civil War.
Dominic McHale plays Michael Collins, Irene Kelleher takes on the role of Kitty Kiernan, while Mark D’Aughton, Paula McGlinchey, and Michael Sands play an assortment of supporting roles.
The national tour brings ‘A Great Arrangement’ to The Everyman Cork (through Saturday 3 September), with additional stops at the Skibbereen Town Hall (Thursday, 18 September), Lime Tree Theatre Limerick (Saturday, 10 September), the Gaiety Theatre Dublin (Monday, 12 September to Saturday, 17 September), the Backstage Theatre Longford (Tuesday, 20 September), and the MAC Belfast (Thursday, 22 September to Saturday, 24 September).
This play is currently in its second and final week at the Everyman theatre. It has been playing to dozens of people nightly and the audience, whilst appreciative, has been very small. I had the pleasure of going on Tuesday evening and thought it a very worthwhile production. The title may suggest a narrow tale about Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan, however, the reality is a dramatic and emotional depiction of events of the time. It incorporates occurrences based on real-life events which each actor brought to life in the most compelling and compassionate way. Both the clarity and depth of the production, with the most brilliant characterisation, were wonderful and I left the theatre, all the better for having been there. Such a great event deserves more support and I thoroughly recommend it.
Further details are available from The Everyman Theatre, here.