Friday 22 September 2017

Collins and Churchill at each other's throats

The Morans, father and son, play Collins and Churchill as they lock horns in London
The Morans, father and son, play Collins and Churchill as they lock horns in London

Even if you're not a history buff but are of some kind of Irish descent then chances are you've an interest in Michael Collins and the negotiations behind the Irish Free State.

Journalist Mary Kenny's play, Allegiance, which starred Michael Fassbender (as Collins) in 2006 when it was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, comes to Dublin for the first time this month. It's a reconstruction of what might have happened between Michael Collins and Winston Churchill during an encounter the two leaders had in 1921 in Churchill's private Hyde Park residence. Father and son duo play the two opposing politicians, with Rory Moran Jr as Collins and Rory Moran Sr as the tough British politician. Apparently they tear strips off each other on stage. It's directed by Jason Byrne, formerly of the Abbey (1988-2000) and runs for three nights, September 19-21 with tickets starting at €15. www.milltheatre.ie

Even if you're not a history buff but are of some kind of Irish descent then chances are you've an interest in Michael Collins and the negotiations behind the Irish Free State. Journalist Mary Kenny's play, Allegiance, which starred Michael Fassbender (as Collins) in 2006 when it was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, comes to Dublin for the first time this month. It's a reconstruction of what might have happened between Michael Collins and Winston Churchill during an encounter the two leaders had in 1921 in Churchill's private Hyde Park residence. Father and son duo play the two opposing politicians, with Rory Moran Jr as Collins and Rory Moran Sr as the tough British politician. Apparently they tear strips off each other on stage. It's directed by Jason Byrne, formerly of the Abbey (1988-2000) and runs for three nights, September 19-21 with tickets starting at €15. www.milltheatre.ie

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