Wednesday 17 January 2018

History repeats itself as people rise again on anniversary of 1913 Lockout

Cast members of 'The Risen People', which runs for eight weeks at the Abbey Theatre. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Cast members of 'The Risen People', which runs for eight weeks at the Abbey Theatre. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

OVER fifty years after it first ran on stage in the Abbey Theatre, 'The Risen People' is living up to its name.

Remembering a pivotal time in Irish history, the play opens tonight to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

James Plunkett's masterpiece enjoyed its first run at the theatre in 1958, depicting the story of the Fitzpatrick family's struggle to survive. The retelling, adapted by director Jimmy Fay, composer Conor Linehan and choreographer Colin Dunne, of 'Riverdance' fame, pays tribute to the historic industrial dispute, whilst delivering a highly energetic performance through music and movement.

"'The Risen People' is a very ambitious play, but it's a piece we hope will galvanise people," Fay told the Irish Independent.

The ensemble will take to the stage tonight to begin their eight-week run.

The role of Fitzpatrick will be played by Ian Lloyd Anderson, who featured in the fourth season of Stuart Carolan's RTE drama 'Love/Hate'.

Veterans Phelim Drew, Hilda Fay and Joe Hanley, are also among the cast of nine.

Irish Independent

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