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Theatre: New play honours the 1916 Rising through traditional Irish music, dance, and song

Published 25/06/2015 | 11:53

Ireland Rises, Tivoli Theatre
Ireland Rises, Tivoli Theatre

A new stage show honouring the 1916 Rising through traditional Irish music, song and dance, kicks off at The Tivoli Theatre tonight, Thursday June 25.

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Set in a public house on Sackville Street Dublin during the Rising, the play follows patrons and staff caught in the crossfire and condenses the six days of The Rising into one night.

Scared and trapped, each character finds refuge by telling their individual stories through music, song and dance, communicating how Dubliners laughed and cried, struggling through the horrific events of those days.

Writer, director and producer Billy Kilkenny created ‘Ireland Rises’ to give tourists and Irish alike a different view on the 1916 Rising.

Kilkenny said of the show, “Our aim is to show those from home and abroad what an important part of our history the Easter Rising was and will always be to our nation.

"Ireland’s traditional music and dance is adored the world over so what better way to tell this story. We are excited to welcome audiences and share this tribute to our heritage”.

The cast of performers will showcase new songs 'Ireland Rises' and 'Kilmainham Lullaby' alongside Irish classics including ‘The Auld Triangle’ and ‘The Wild Rover’.

Cast member John Mulligan, the great grandson and great grand nephew of Matthew and Jack Maguire, the Irish rebels who marched from Maynooth to the GPO to be greeted by Padraig Pearse and James Connolly commented on his involvement, “To perform in this 1916 production nearly 100 years after my great grandfather and my great grand uncle fought for Irish freedom feels incredible. I'm absolutely privileged to be a part of it”.

‘Ireland Rises’ runs to August 31st with matinee and evening shows at weekends. Tickets are €24.50. There are pre theatre dinner and ticket packages available from €49.50. Tickets are on sale now at www.tivoli.ie and irelandrises.com or call the box office on (01)4544472.

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